The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 10, 2014
This is an impressive piece of grass-roots filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 11, 2013
A gritty, sometimes downright heartwrenching story of two young boys left to fend for themselves for weeks during a boiling-hot summer in a Brooklyn housing project.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 10, 2013
Pitched fascinatingly, at times uneasily, between misery and uplift, "Mister & Pete" tells the story of an endlessly resourceful child who survives the unimaginable over one long summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 10, 2013
They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2013
"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" is a moving bit of mischief and mayhem that will break your heart, give you hope, make you laugh, possibly cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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USA Today
October 10, 2013
Dizon and Brooks are wonderfully natural actors, and their characters' bond becomes like that of brothers, with Mister looking out for Pete, at first grudgingly and ultimately with real affection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 10, 2013
What day-to-day struggles do kids in need face? George Tillman Jr.'s "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" addresses many of them within a self-contained but successful story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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October 10, 2013
It sticks to a familiar horrors-of-childhood formula-a continual cycle of hope and betrayal-and tends to wrap up subplots with convenient twists.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Sam Adams
Time Out
October 8, 2013
The movie can't seem to settle on a consistent style or rhythm but still gets to you, even if it displays the subtlety of a truck going through a wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
October 8, 2013
Tillman seems to know that we need to go home feeling hope for Mister and Pete, who, it turns out, aren't so easily defeated.