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
89% Luca (2021) Casarosa's visually stunning coming-of-age film is a heartfelt ode to childhood, friendship, and self-discovery. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) I had high hopes for this adaptation, and it let me down in a lot of ways. But it still delivered enough electrifying action and iconic characters to keep me entertained. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
95% Vicious Fun (2020) Vicious Fun is a loving homage to the schlocky horror flicks that lined video store shelves throughout the '80s. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
91% Together Together (2021) Together Together tells folks to chase their bliss - cultural norms be damned. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
83% Boys from County Hell (2020) Baugh's middling horror-comedy delivers a few chuckles, some decent scares, and a unique spin on vampire lore. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
74% WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) The doc works best when it examines the company's mystique and why it attracted so many enthusiastic young people. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
88% The Fabulous Filipino Brothers (2021) This silly, romantic, and gleefully raunchy movie tells a feel-good story and serves as an unabashed celebration of Filipino American culture. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
82% Kid Candidate (2021) Kid Candidate works as an engaging character study and an insightful examination of city politics. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
100% His House (2020) His House uses the supernatural to examine guilt, trauma, masculinity, and how outsiders assimilate into new cultures. - Dope Black Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
95% Between the World and Me (2020) You could release Between the World and Me in any decade, and it would feel timely. But given what we've experienced in 2020, this film couldn't arrive at a better time. - Dope Black Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
42% Boogie (2021) I'm intrigued by Huang's creative vision for this picture, but its clumsy execution kept me from loving the experience. Boogie has swagger to spare but lacks soul. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon reminds us how memories of those we've lost still strengthen and guide us in times of need. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
79% Synchronic (2020) Benson and Moorhead plunge viewers into a woozy existential nightmare to deliver a message that is at once bleak and beautiful. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
85% On the Count of Three (2021) With this assured feature debut, Carmichael approaches the material with a degree of sensitivity, but he's not pulling punches either. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
74% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) [Prisoners of the Ghostland] works best as a kitschy pleasure. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Judas and the Black Messiah presents a tapestry of complex themes that interrogate (and chastise) America's insidious brand of white supremacy. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
63% One for the Road (2021) One for the Road takes the audience on a satisfying journey, with a few too many bumps and detours along the way. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
76% Eight for Silver (2021) Its creepy atmosphere and stunning production design are worth the admission price and the story's unique take on werewolf mythology packs some added bite. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) Those who never watched the show can still enjoy this heart-warming trip down memory lane. But if you grew up on Sesame Street the doc delivers a can't-miss hit of nostalgia. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
91% The Queen of Black Magic (Ratu ilmu hitam) (2019) The Queen of Black Magic is a 99-minute nightmare factory with a jet-black soul. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
91% PG: Psycho Goreman (2021) Kostanski borrows elements from a host of beloved '80s flicks - think Spielberg's E.T., but swap out Elliot and Gertie's gentle little alien with the Predator. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) For better and for worse, Wonder Woman 1984 is the rare superhero film that doesn't strive to class-up the source material. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
46% Monster Hunter (2020) Monster Hunter has all the elements you want from an epic genre flick - a decent cast, solid special effects, and a wild premise - but fails to use them in thrilling ways. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
100% Wheels (2020) Wheels works both as an inspiring coming-of-age story and a cold cautionary tale. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
70% Godmothered (2020) Godmothered isn't destined to become Disney's next Christmas classic, but it's worth taking a flyer on if you're looking for a feel-good holiday flick. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) Calling On the Rocks a comedy is a stretch, but it's more playful than most navel-gazing dramas. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
88% The Phenomenon (2020) Fox has delivered one of the strongest arguments for the existence of UFOs ever put to film. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
77% The Water Man (2021) A fantastical family-friendly story grounded in real-world issues. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) If you give yourself over to Liang's ludicrous B movie vibes, Shadow in the Cloud makes for a devilishly fun guilty pleasure. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
79% I Am Greta (2020) I Am Greta tells an inspiring story about how one small person can make a difference. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Despite Concrete Cowboy's wonky storytelling tactics, it's still worth saddling up with this sentimental urban odyssey. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
77% The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020) Abbott and Bakan's insightful (and infuriating) doc makes for essential viewing in this pivotal election year. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
84% The Way I See It (2020) By chronicling the evolution of Souza's wokeness, The Way I See It puts a face to the presidency's power to inspire and transform. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
94% Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) (2020) Anchored by Yakusho's riveting performance, Under the Open Sky forces you to recognize the difference between living and surviving. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) Enola Holmes delivers a bold look at the past and imagines the world, not as it was, but how it should have been in the first place. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
88% Clapboard Jungle (2020) By the time the credits roll, you'll understand why even the trashiest film you've ever seen deserves some respect. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
83% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Bill & Ted Face the Music is so silly that most people will find it charming or aggravating - there isn't much middle ground. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
100% Host (2020) Host's eerie premise, rock-solid performances, and break-neck pacing add up to a thrilling fright-fest destined to fuel countless nightmares. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
48% Unhinged (2020) I don't know if I've ever watched a movie as chaotic as Unhinged that also feels so dull. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
82% Spinster (2020) [Peretti] has charisma to spare and dazzles the camera every second she's on-screen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
80% The Old Guard (2020) A number of tender and introspective grace notes separate The Old Guard from other violent and gritty action movies... - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
80% Scare Package (2020) [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
67% 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 80% 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