The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete 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...
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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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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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The Dissolve

By Nathan Rabin
The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete is a raw, often moving coming-of-age story.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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By Eric Kohn
While not without its touching moments, "Mister and Pete" is inevitably defeated by its own good intentions.
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Definitely Worth Watching!

By cateyes7799
The directing was very good. The actors convincingly portrayed a variety of struggling inner city characters (including Jeffrey Wright as the war vet and Jordin Sparks as a girl who used her looks and...

Wher Where Where!

By juice234
It was playing at a local theater in my area but it left and i can't find it anywhere? I work with kids and thought it would be a great see for them, can somebody help!...

Touching and real.

By jrwarden1
This movie brought to light the everyday reality of most major cities, and what children are subjected too daily. Raw at times, but touching. I loved the movie....

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

By janaedelbaum
I have seen it now twice and love it ore each viewing. This is a must go film...

The Inevitable defeat of Mister & Pete

By amorrison752
Love Love Love , a must see , sad but touchin.,I did take my child (9yr old boy) to see the movie, to allow him to understand that he is priviledged and should always be humble and count his blessing...

Great film. Very emotional

By tmonique2002
I loved this movie. The acting was so real and at times brought me to tears. This movie depicts the summer of a kid in the projects in NYC. You will go into his life and meet the different characters...

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

By karensalmela
The movie is about two young boys on their own for a summer in the NY projects after drug-addicted mothers get arrested. It's a unique story line probably ringing with more truth than most of us...

Best Film of the Year

By clay95
I've now seen it twice (once at Sundance, and once in theaters). Movie has changed enough that I think the old reviews on Fandango are outdated and from the earlier cut. This film packs a punch. A...

Love it!!!

By cnewton80
This movie was really well written and very well played. The two boys did an amazing job of holding this film together on their own. It was also a wonderful new role for Jennifer Hudson, she was very...


By dsmeanmachine
I liked the film, the acting was good. It was a story told from an intercity perspective. Very relatable characters. This film did not have a lot of hype but it was really worth checking out....

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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 Kids fend for themselves in moving but intense urban drama.
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