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: October 11, 2013
DVD 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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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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J. Olson

Everyone involved here does so much good work that the film's blemishes are easy to overlook.

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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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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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

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Debashine Thangevelo
Independent Online (South Africa)

Directing pitfalls notwithstanding, these young stars deliver such earnest performances that the audience will find it hard not to be moved by their tale.

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Peter Sobczynski

Proves to be as awkward as its title thanks to its uneven screenplay and tone, and questionable casting in supporting parts.

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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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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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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