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
55% 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
100% 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 97% 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 99% 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
82% Midsommar (2019) Aster crafts a vengeful breakup story that will haunt your dreams. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
94% 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 82% 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
64% 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
98% 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 89% 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 65% 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
3/5 67% American Chaos (2018) ... 2018's news cycle blazes ahead at such a breakneck pace that Sterns doc would be behind the times if it dropped a year ago. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 93% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) If you enjoy The Conjuring series' style of scares than you'll feel right at home with this wild nightmare machine. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Director Ari Sandel crafts a tale unsettling enough to push kids out of their comfort zones, but not scary enough to ruin their chances of a nightmare-free sleep. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3.5/5 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) The film has a globe-trotting secret agent vibe; James Bond reimagined as mellow Canadian. When it comes to documentary footage, real life rarely looks so thrilling. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3.5/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) It's strange to say about a story so wrought with emotion, but Beautiful Boy lacks soul. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3.5/5 71% The Happy Prince (2018) The Happy Prince says that love, friendship, and strength of character are the only currencies that matter in life's fickle economy. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 88% What They Had (2018) Chomko transforms what could be a formulaic tear-jerker into a bittersweet family drama loaded with dark humour, poignant insights, and outstanding performances. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 97% Science Fair (2018) Science Fair is the perfect remedy for those suffering from 2018's anti-intellectual crisis. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
No Score Yet Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story (2019) Quiet Storm doesn't ask you to give Artest's behaviour a pass, but it does add shades of gray to what was once a black and white conversation. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
No Score Yet HI, A.I. (2019) The film's robots are the stars of the show, even though they lack star power. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
2.5/5 30% Red Joan (2019) Red Joan looks the part of a prestige picture, but it's actually a hollow mimic that lacks soul. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) Modern-day Satanic Temple worshipers don't lurk in shadows, they express themselves out in the open - often defiantly. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
2.5/5 61% The Public (2019) The Public's large cast of charismatic actors help mask many of the film's flaws, and its finger-wagging themes make it a great conversation starter. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) This is blockbuster filmmaking of the highest order. Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of a decade's worth of stories, character growth, and audience investment. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 83% The Brink (2019) Bannon believes no press is bad press, and the movie gives him one more platform to preach to his choir or convert those on the fence. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
89% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link dazzles the eyes, captures the imagination, and warms the heart. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
18% Hellboy (2019) The most compelling aspect of Hellboy comics is the character's rich mythology. But instead of savouring it like aged whiskey, Marshall burns through it like gasoline. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! works better as a wacky buddy comedy than as a superhero movie, and the genre is all the better for it. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
95% Firecrackers (2019) Firecrackers isn't your typical glossy, feel-good coming-of-age film. Mozaffari opts for a raw and unfiltered storytelling approach. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
55% The Beach Bum (2019) Imagine what a tequila-drenched, sun-baked, stoned-out-his-mind Matthew McConaughey performance looks like, and that's what The Beach Bum delivers. And then some. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/5 46% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo isn't a perfect movie, but its pros outweigh its cons. Burton updates the material with powerful eco-conscious themes and a scientifically-minded heroine. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) The plot is so outlandish you would swear it's based on a true story. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
4.5/5 94% Us (2019) Us is a terrifying thriller that is wickedly funny and jam-packed with striking visuals. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
88% To Dust (2019) [To Dust] draws viewers in by tackling life's biggest questions head-on. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) Most films dish out an instant remedy, but Wonder Park teaches the value of grief. Most importantly, it tells us that sadness doesn't always go away, and that's alright too. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) With each phase of Marvel movies growing in scope and complexity, it's unfathomable that Captain Marvel is a step backwards for the MCU. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4.5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) You may know the details surrounding mankind's first lunar mission, but this film will make you feel the weight of the monumental achievement. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
62% Rampant (2018) What [Rampant] lacks in originality it makes up for with gruesome visuals and cold-blooded savagery. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) This film implores us all to "train our dragons." Especially when those dragons are scary notions such as loss and heartbreak. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 54% At First Light (2018) At First Light isn't a lousy sci-fi picture; its worst offence is taking up time better spent watching movies that leave lasting impressions. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 62% Vox Lux (2018) Portman turns in the boldest performance of her career, going big as a Staten Island diva who feels less Lady Gaga than Carmela Soprano. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) By wielding the power of the silver screen, Cornish inspires a younger generation to be better than us grown-ups. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) The film flounders as often as it flourishes, but its two leads' standout performances keep it afloat. - In The Seats EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019