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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+
October 8, 2013
A drama made palatable by Alicia Keys' energetic score but otherwise stymied when the premise fails to go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 11, 2013
Proves to be as awkward as its title thanks to its uneven screenplay and tone, and questionable casting in supporting parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 21, 2017
The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete will hopefully usher in a new wave of coming of age tales that inspire and redefine expectations.
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
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
October 9, 2013
Reaches deep into the gloomy depths of ghetto despair, and despite an energetic Alicia Keyes score, fails to completely balance it with the necessary hopefulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
April 28, 2013
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete features arguably the greatest performances from child actors so far this century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2013
Their defeat may be inevitable, but we're all winners for discovering this small film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 10, 2013
Even with it's flaws, "Mister and Pete" is anything but a defeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2013
Gritty, somewhat compelling, but hampered by inconsistent performances and a confused tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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 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 8, 2013
Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon definitely make this tough-cookie movie that much sweeter and easier to digest by their astute, on-the-money performances
Full Review | Original Score: 7
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 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
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
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