The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 4, 2014
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is an impressive piece of grass-roots filmmaking.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

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.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

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.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

"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.

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Todd Jorgenson

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

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USA Today

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.

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Michael Dequina

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Panta Oz
Realistically portrayed drama of the life in the disadvantaged suburbs of America directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury , can bring… More