• Released
  • October 11, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 48 min
  • Drama
  • 125 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: 13-year-old Mister’s (Brooks) hard-living mother (Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete (Dizon) alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects.

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75

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Though it boasts an eye-catching roster of supporting performances — Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie — most...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Director George Tillman Jr. compellingly probes how parentless kids cope without financial resources or adults who give a damn.
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70

The Dissolve

By Nathan Rabin
The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete is a raw, often moving coming-of-age story.
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70

Village Voice

By 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...
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70

Los Angeles Times

By 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...
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63

Movie Nation

By 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...
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
Stylistically, this saga of survival never aims for urban neo-realism. Yet, as sentimental humanism, it shows laudable taste in dodging the...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Michael Starrbury’s astute script draws us in slowly, depicting the realities of Mister and Pete’s lives in progressive reveals.
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60

Time Out New York

Like its title, Inevitable Defeat is simultaneously gritty and overstuffed, feeling more like the product of first-time screenwriter...
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58

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
While not without its touching moments, "Mister and Pete" is inevitably defeated by its own good intentions.
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Rated R | For mature thematic material, violence, sexuality, drug and alcohol content, language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Kids fend for themselves in moving but intense urban drama.
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