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  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 11, 2013
    75
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 10, 2013
    75
    Under the direction of George Tillman Jr., these two young performers exercise remarkable restraint, never milking the material for unearned tears.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 10, 2013
    70
    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.
  4. 63
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 8, 2013
    60
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 8, 2013
    58
    While not without its touching moments, "Mister and Pete" is inevitably defeated by its own good intentions.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Aug 23, 2013
    50
    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.

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  1. Oct 12, 2013
    6
    Two boys (Skylan Brooks & Ethan Dizon) are abandoned by their junkie ho mothers to fend for themselves on the rough side of Brooklyn. The story is relentlessly bleak and there are weak spots in the writing. That said, the performances of these two newcomers are sweet, touching and amazingly accomplished. The supporting cast includes some impressive names (Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie) and director George Tillman Jr. manages to mine the drama without resorting to too much melo. While this film is dark and dismal, the pluck of this duo and the simple brilliance of the two actors is affecting. Collapse