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: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete uses its compelling streetwise setting -- and powerful performances from its young leads -- to offer a refreshing twist on the coming-of-age formula.

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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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

Told beautifully with a palpable coating of grit, director George Tillman, Jr. and writer Michael Starrbury lead us into the projects in Brooklyn and then slam us to the ground.

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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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

While the themes of the film certainly transcend geography and age, the inclusion of multicultural characters further help make the film universal.

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Peter Sobczynski
RogerEbert.com

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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Matt Goldberg
Collider

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete simply tries too hard, and its emotional manipulation becomes far too obvious.

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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