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
82% Scare Package (2019) [Scare Package's] creative team compensate for the modest budget with technical ingenuity and comedic swagger. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Five black soldiers risk their lives and corrupt their souls fighting for a country that doesn't love them back. What's more American than that? - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
78% Blood Machines (2019) Love it or hate it, Ickerman creates an audio-visual tsunami that obliterates your senses. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
68% Extraction (2020) Extraction has the look and swagger of higher calibre action-thrillers but lacks their soul. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
81% Tigertail (2020) Tigertail has its share of rough spots ... but Yang approaches the material with so much love and compassion that it makes up for the film's shortcomings. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
21% Coffee & Kareem (2020) This unlikely team may have each others' back in a gun fight, but they never feel like real friends. Coffee & Kareem is a buddyless buddy cop movie. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Pickup Game (2019) The film lays out how pickup instructors prey on desperate men, and charge exorbitant prices for classes, books, and one on one sessions. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) These films will only improve by giving a diverse group of filmmakers room to let their creative vision flourish, and their characters stumble. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
92% Good Time (2017) A nerve-wracking crime adventure loaded with thrills, sleazy characters, and a distinctly New York flavour. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The Strangers: Prey at Night is barely serviceable VHS-era pastiche that recaptures the style of the classics, but lacks their soul. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
97% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Rogers didn't crash land here from a planet with a red sun, but he is a Superman. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
83% More Human Than Human (2018) More Human Than Human, takes the growth of robotics and artificial intelligence to its logical conclusion - and the implications are extraordinary, strange, and unsettling. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
93% The Cleaners (2018) Even if you're not usually rattled by violence, expect the movie's images to shock you out of your apathy - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
No Score Yet We Could Be Heroes (2018) We Could Be Heroes packs inspiring highs and crushing lows that will stay on your mind long after the final credits. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) It's hard to take I Feel Pretty's message seriously even when the film is at its most sincere. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
82% Beirut (2018) A by-the-numbers thriller that lacks punch. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation shares the ambiguous dream logic found in David Lynch's best work, but mixes it with the type of horrific imagery seen in Alien and The Thing. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
68% Wonderstruck (2017) Expertly written, well-acted, and beautifully shot, Wonderstruck is a stunning feat of technical artistry that connected with me on the deepest emotional level. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
91% Human Flow (2017) Human Flow's primary goals are to create awareness about the refugee crisis and instill empathy for those affected, and the documentary is successful on both fronts. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Vaughn comes off looking like Boris Karloff's Frankenstein's Monster channeling the spirit of Jason Statham. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
99% Lady Bird (2017) Gerwig shows no hesitation over putting her character in unflattering situations. The laughs come hard, they come often, and they come from all directions. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
34% American Assassin (2017) In an age with so many great entertainment options, fine equates to: "Why bother?" - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
69% mother! (2017) mother! dives down a dream logic rabbit hole and creates a reality where anything can happen. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
39% Mary Shelley (2018) Mary Shelley has the look of a prestige drama, but lacks the tight script and strong performances necessary to elevate it to award season status. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
28% Suburbicon (2017) Clooney effectively blends 50's era whimsy with coal-black comedy beats and noir thrills, all while satirizing 2017's political landscape. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
80% Gutland (2017) You'll have a much better time with this movie if you go in knowing it's more of a mystery than a thriller; it's unusual, but never boring. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
10% Tulip Fever (2017) You don't get very far into Tulip Fever before feeling that something is not quite right. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
91% Fresh Dressed (2015) From the film's opening moments until the final credits roll, Fresh Dressed authentically captures the spirit of hip-hop. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
75% Landline (2017) Not getting along isn't the same as not caring, and Robespierre makes sure that we feel this family's deep love for one another. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
83% The Trip to Spain (2017) The Trip to Spain is such a pleasurable oddity that I can't knock the series for recycling its simple formula. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
83% Detroit (2017) After watching Detroit, emotionally-depleted and politically-agitated moviegoers are guaranteed to stumble out of the theatre feeling woke - I'm not so sure about entertained. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
48% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The human heroes may receive top billing, but it's the world of Valerian that steals the show. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
86% Abu: Father (2017) The story's details may be specific to the Khan family but Abu's themes will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to fit in - and hopefully, even those who haven't. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
60% Lazer Team (2016) Imagine the burnouts from Pineapple Express or the nerds from Superbad inheriting superpowers, and you're on the right track. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
75% Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (2017) Feore and Huard's comical rapport kept a silly grin planted on my face for most of the film. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) 78/52 is loaded with knowledgeable actors, directors, and film aficionados who examine the shower scene from every conceivable angle. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
No Score Yet You're Soaking In It (2017) A sobering look at a profits-driven industry that knows us far better than we think. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) [Long Strange Trip] unravels a tale of sex, drugs, and rock & roll that doesn't come off as cliché, cloying, or hagiographic. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
88% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Norman starts dragging towards the end and would benefit from tighter editing. Even though I was initially into the movie my interest began to drift by the midway point. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
83% Spookers (2017) Spookers raises a fascinating point: are we blissfully inattentive to offensive mental health characterizations? - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
64% PACmen (2017) Even though some of us may never agree with Carson's fan-club, PACmen helps us understand the other side. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
95% Pecking Order (2017) We can point our fingers and laugh at the guy shampooing and blow-drying a chicken, or applaud him for finding an outlet to express his creativity and competitive spirit. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
43% Song to Song (2017) [Song to Song] is short on plot, but Malick masterfully captures fleeting moments of beauty. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
78% The Void (2017) A visual hellscape bound to set up shop in your nightmares. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
83% Gaza Surf Club (2016) Gaza Surf Club's earnest cast, inspiring story, and gorgeous cinematography makes it worthy of a spot on your watch-list. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
49% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Power Rangers is what happens if The Breakfast Club and Transformers had a baby and then let Pacific Rim raise it. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
92% The Devil's Candy (2017) The Devil's Candy features a tight script, solid performances, and a riveting premise that proves Byrne dodged the sophomore jinx. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
64% Burn Your Maps (2019) In 2017, it's no longer a given that the life we're born into is the life we're meant to live. Roberts broaches this subject with empathy, incisiveness, and class. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
18% Queen of the Desert (2017) You know you're in trouble when the opening credit's font looks like it's ripped from a bootleg version of Microsoft Paint. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
63% Dean (2017) Despite the unevenness, Martin's cinematic exploration of empathy, loss, and father-son relationships makes for compelling viewing. - Goomba Stomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020