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April 14, 2016
Everyone involved here does so much good work that the film's blemishes are easy to overlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 21, 2016
Directing pitfalls notwithstanding, these young stars deliver such earnest performances that the audience will find it hard not to be moved by their tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2014
This is an impressive piece of grass-roots filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 8, 2014
At its best, the movie is emotionally rapturous, helped along by Brooks's incredible talent. At its worst, while it avoids falling into poverty porn (to my judgment, at least), it runs into a kind of hysteria of putting children in danger.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 2, 2013
The expressive performances of the two young protagonists helps to smooth over the rough spots in a script that too often turns sappy and heavy-handed.
October 28, 2013
Mister and Pete are, as the title goes, inevitably served up defeat at practically every turn, but ultimately it is outweighed by the strength and resilience the pair come to consistently display in the oppressive face of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2013
Even more welcome than its unusual story content is its humanistic impulse: It comes from a place of respect for its characters and belief in their dignity; by extension, it offers these same courtesies to its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2013
[Sklyan] Brooks's performance as Mister... the best child performance of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 22, 2013
A wonderful document of inner-city oppression and two young actors' beginning steps, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete struggles to establish a cohesive center, and ultimately fumbles any tension on the path toward its title's possible fate.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 20, 2013
A picture which proves it's hard in the 'hood not only for pimps, but for kids, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2013
...might be compared to any number of movies... [but] I've ever seen anything quite like it. Though the script affords plenty of opportunities to default to sentimentality and sweet resolution, the characters seem to resist the easy and usual ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
October 11, 2013
Kids fend for themselves in moving but intense urban drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2013
This isn't a grim wallow in the depths of poverty. There's hope here and it's earned, not forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 10, 2013
There is a bold joy in the film, which can be credited to Mister and Pete, played wonderfully by Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon. Their childlike innocence but adult sensitivities gave the flick an undeniable heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
October 10, 2013
They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Top Critic
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
October 10, 2013
Even with it's flaws, "Mister and Pete" is anything but a defeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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