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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete


Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.

Actors: Skylan Brooks , Ethan Dizon , Jennifer Hudson , Jordin Sparks , Anthony Mackie , Jeffrey Wright , Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Directors: George Tillman Jr.
Country: USA
Release: 2013-01-25
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  • Sara Stewart

    Though it boasts an eye-catching roster of supporting performances — Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie — most of the running time is spent with Mister (Skylan Brooks) and Pete (Ethan Dizon), and both child actors hold your attention impressively.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Director George Tillman Jr. compellingly probes how parentless kids cope without financial resources or adults who give a damn.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Under the direction of George Tillman Jr., these two young performers exercise remarkable restraint, never milking the material for unearned tears.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    [Mr.Tillman] does lovely work here, particularly with the actors, even if his insistent ebullience can feel like a sales pitch.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    It is an imperfect film about this imperfect world. But if "Mister & Pete" doesn't make you rethink the social safety net that fails these kids, and so many others like them, book some time with a cardiologist.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete is a raw, often moving coming-of-age story.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Tillman is clumsy in his handling of a few scenes, and considering what these kids are up against—junkie moms, drug-dealing pimp neighbors—the ending might be a little too implausibly upbeat. But Tillman seems to know that we need to go home feeling hope for Mister and Pete, who, it turns out, aren't so easily defeated.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Bill Stamets

    Stylistically, this saga of survival never aims for urban neo-realism. Yet, as sentimental humanism, it shows laudable taste in dodging the usual indulgent touches and turns when lost kids find their way.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A rough and rough around the edges tale of children growing up on the mean streets of the wrong side of Brooklyn. It’s a coming of age story of a self-absorbed, downtrodden punk with a dream who learns about the love that comes with responsibility.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Michael Starrbury’s astute script draws us in slowly, depicting the realities of Mister and Pete’s lives in progressive reveals.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    Like its title, Inevitable Defeat is simultaneously gritty and overstuffed, feeling more like the product of first-time screenwriter Michael Starrbury than veteran director George Tillman Jr., though that’s not always for the worse.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    In general, Mister & Pete succeeds with this sort of narrative small stuff, establishing the housing project’s internal mythology as well as the tricky dynamics of its underworld.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    While not without its touching moments, "Mister and Pete" is inevitably defeated by its own good intentions.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Charlie Schmidlin

    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.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    The end result proves to be as awkward as its title thanks to its uneven screenplay and tone, and questionable casting in supporting parts. Full Review
  • David Rooney

    The real defeat in this ambling fairy tale of hardship, abandonment and resilience is that two potentially winning central characters -- and the tender young actors who play them -- are let down by a programmed screenplay that’s short on narrative muscle.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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