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  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

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

  • 50
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 75
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    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. show more

  • 63
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    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. show more

  • 50
    RogerEbert.com

    The end result proves to be as awkward as its title thanks to its uneven screenplay and tone, and questionable casting in supporting parts. show more

  • 70
    Nathan Rabin The Dissolve

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

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 58
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

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

  • November 11, 2013 Gary Joyner
    Report This User

    The inevitable defeat of Mister and Pete is a real good movie about the lives of two children, who are forced to grow up fast during a New York summer. The acting is great and story is believable. I am going to purchase a copy when it comes out on DVD.

  • October 18, 2013 krazikate75
    Report This User

    Good movie. Mister is brave beyond his years. Pete, with that adorable face, can melt a hardened criminal\'s heart with just 1 teardrop. By the end of the film, I wanted to adopt these two boys.

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