Victor Stiff

Victor Stiff
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Victor Stiff is a Toronto-based film critic and pop culture writer. Over the years Victor has covered the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Toronto After Dark, Fantasia, New York Asian Film Festival, Toronto Comicon, and Fan Expo Canada. You can find his reviews, interviews, and essays at In The Seats, Film School Rejects, The Playlist, Pop Matters, Screen Rant and Sordid Cinema.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
77% Frozen II (2019) [Frozen II] forces viewers to consider their own lives and question if what they have comes at someone else's expense. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
76% Doctor Sleep (2019) [Doctor Sleep] works as an eerie ghost story and as a meditation on the life-long effects of our emotional wounds. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) [The Irishman] is perhaps the least flashy and most self-reflective crime flick in the filmmaker's oeuvre. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/5 60% Frankie (2019) With a cast like Frankie's and a filmmaker as attentive as Sachs, it would take a lot to derail this sophisticated character study. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
35% 21 Bridges (2019) Fans of old-school crime flicks will feel right at home with 21 Bridges. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/5 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Although I enjoyed Zombieland ... I'm ready to jump ship. I have little patience for the series' mean characters, exhausted themes, and irreverent humour. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 96% Harpoon (2019) This flaccid picture lacks the muscle needed to succeed as a horror or a comedy. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Tyrnauer's well-researched film does an excellent job explaining how this man behaved like a soulless ghoul. But the way the filmmaker goes about doing so feels rote. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
No Score Yet Gundala (2019) From beginning to end, Gundala delivers fast and furious action and rarely stops to take its foot off the gas. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
97% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Heller avoids the obvious - and schmaltziest plot routes - to craft a deeper, richer story that tugs at your heart in the most pleasurable ways. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
97% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach uses his masterful command of cinematic language to create an emotionally devastating film that entertains you on every level. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Joker is about a lunatic gaining infamy, sure. But this film is really about a movement. It's about what happens to people who fall through the cracks. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) For better or for worse, The Lighthouse features two gifted actors going off the rails. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi shows us the world through a child's eyes so that we understand the power - and the appeal - of jingoism, partisanship, and indoctrination. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
88% Blood Quantum (2019) Blood Quantum is another zombie apocalypse flick, sure. But it's also a story about how festering emotional wounds are as dangerous as any zombie bite. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
88% Aquarela (2019) Depending on your level of patience, this movie is either a meditative slog or a glorious sensory indulgence. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) At over two hours, the film takes its time arriving at its bombshell conclusion. But by the time it gets there, Brügger's credibility has run its course. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The target audience may be 12-15-years-old, but this film is scary enough to rattle adults. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Wallace's role was to speak truth to power, and it came at the expense of being liked. And by the end of Mike Wallace Is Here, you get that he wouldn't have it any other way. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) A candid story about love, regret, and of course, great music. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
90% Bodied (2018) Bodied takes viewers on a kaleidoscopic tour of battle rap culture, dropping dope rhymes and ill punchlines all along the way. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
90% Stronger (2017) There are actors and then there are stars, and in Stronger, Gyllenhaal shows why he falls into the latter category. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
98% Moonlight (2016) Those who care deeply about the art of filmmaking and appreciate masterful storytelling will have their world rocked by this powerful film. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
22% American Pastoral (2016) Love can be the wind in someone's sails or the anchor dragging them down to the bottom of the sea; McGregor wants to explore both sides. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
3/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) Berg delivers a relentless assault on your eyes, ears, and your endurance. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/5 80% Alpha (2018) Hughes just delivered the type of gripping original movie we pine for whenever a new Transformers flick steamrolls through multiplexes - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
1.5 18% Little Italy (2018) [Little Italy's] sitcomy performances, reductive themes, and problematic humour, are 10-years too late. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/5 52% Papillon (2018) Although Papillon drags in places, the intense action and gruesome violence provide enough oomph to jolt you back into the moment. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A wistful tale of a golden era's final days. The filmmaker reminisces over classic Hollywood while detailing the tides of change that swept it away. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is a story about love and its intractable desire to touch us all, humans and monsters alike - GoombaStomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 92% Searching (2018) Chaganty combines our primal fears with our internet-based anxieties to deliver one hell of a potboiler. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) It's hard not to root for Byrne, Hawke, and O'Dowd, who are all delightful, in a "rom-com" that's more subversive than it appears. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
89% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) Master Z features a handful of brawls that are each worth the price of admission. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King's story tells us that we play a small and brief role in a never-ending circle of life, but our existence is still meaningful. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell finds beauty in life's small moments, as messy as they may be. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) You know you've made it when Oprah Winfrey descends from Mount Goddess to sit down and gush over you in a documentary. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.5/5 98% Maiden (2019) Alex Holmes' inspiring film offers one more example of how a dream only seems impossible until someone comes along and makes it a reality. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Aster crafts a vengeful breakup story that will haunt your dreams. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
95% Furie (Hai phuong) (2019) Furie reaches some glorious highs as Ngo pummels fools into oblivion. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/5 83% Dogman (2019) At its core, this film is about bullies, and the ways people cave to their will and normalize their behaviour. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
63% Child's Play (2019) It's a half-baked social commentary, but at least director Lars Klevberg has more on his mind than raising Chucky's kill-count. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Watching animated characters who are written with such depth, performed with such commitment, and brought to life with such care is pure movie magic. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Great characters, witty jokes, and a talented cast more than make up for [Late Night's] minor flaws. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3.5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's film offers a breakout performance, layers of rich themes to unpack, and production design that transports you. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2.5/5 66% Peterloo (2019) The issue is that the people in this movie don't feel like human beings; they're walking talking Wikipedia entries. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix keeps with the X-movies' tradition of not giving the classic characters enough runway to take off. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 85% The Wife (2018) What stands out in The Wife is how easily society downplays womens' talents, stifles their creative voices, and nudges them into subservient roles. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3.5/5 87% Colette (2018) Westmoreland makes it painfully clear that we still struggle with the same issues Colette faced 130 years ago. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 27% Night School (2018) This silly film doesn't gloss over the embarrassment that comes with learning challenges, and the commitment required to overcome this adversity. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 94% Private Life (2018) [Private Life] gets by with rich characters, moving themes, and world-class performances. Each extra minute spent in the Grimes' absorbing world is time to be thankful for. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019