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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
Two youths from the Brooklyn projects attempt to fend for themselves on the streets after their parents are arrested in this urban drama from director George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious, Faster). It's summer in New York City, and 14-year-old Mister (Skylan Brooks) is hungry. His irresponsible mother unable to hold down a job, Mister's situation goes from bad to worse when she is taken into custody, and child protective services attempts to track him down. Meanwhile, nine-year-old friend Pete finds himself in the same sinking boat. Together, Mister and Pete search for sustenance while… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
""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."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A picture which proves it's hard in the 'hood not only for pimps, but for kids, too."
‑ Kam Williams,
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"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."
‑ , USA Today
"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."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"[Sklyan] Brooks's performance as Mister... the best child performance of 2013."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...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."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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."
‑ Charlie Schmidlin, The Playlist
"Kids fend for themselves in moving but intense urban drama."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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