Courtney Small

Senior Critic
Courtney is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and co-host of the radio show Frameline. He has written for several publications including POV Magazine, CBC Arts, Exclaim!, Cinema Axis, Leonard Maltin, In the Seats, Black Girl Nerds, and Comix Asylum. He also discusses diversity in cinema as host of the Changing Reels podcast and is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association, the Online Film Critics Society and the African American Film Critics Association.


Articles by Courtney Small:


  • Hit Man
    September 17, 2023

    TIFF 2023: Hit Man Review

    Richard Linklater’s Hit Man loosely tells the real-life story of Gary Johnson, a professor who pretended to be a hit man for undercover police stings.

  • The Royal Hotel
    September 11, 2023

    TIFF 2023: The Royal Hotel Review

    Director Kitty Green’s thriller follows two friends forced to deal with increasingly rowdy and sexist male customers after taking a job bartending in a remote mining town.

  • Kanaval
    September 8, 2023

    TIFF 2023: Kanaval Review

    Henri Pardo’s drama follows a young Haitian boy who migrates to rural Quebec and struggles with the growing distance between him and his mother.

  • We Grown Now
    September 8, 2023

    TIFF 2023: We Grown Now Review

    We Grown Now offers a moving portrait of friendship and boyhood in a community nearing its end. #TIFF23

  • Fast X Poster
    August 15, 2023

    Get Physical: Fast X

    Dominic talks a lot about “family” in the Fast and Furious films, but there’s another F-word that unites these street racers: faith.

  • New Life
    August 8, 2023

    Fantasia 2023: New Life Review

    New Life is a suspenseful thriller that follows two women both attempting to navigate circumstances far beyond their control.

  • Renfield Postert Art
    July 14, 2023

    Get Physical: Renfield

    The Renfield Blu-ray hit stores this week. The film adds Dracula to the canon of horrible bosses, and it’s got us wondering which other classic monsters might be ripe for a workplace comedy.

  • Scream VI promotional poster
    July 11, 2023

    Get Physical: Scream VI

    Scream VI 4K Ultra HD hits stores today and it got us thinking about the Scream franchise and its relationship with reinvention and family.

  • Blue Jean
    June 23, 2023

    Blue Jean Review

    Blue Jean follows a closeted teacher who attempted to navigate work and community in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain.

  • Beyond Paper
    June 9, 2023

    Beyond Paper Review

    Oana Suteu Khintirian’s new documentary reflects on the value of the written word and the sense of knowledge and culture that is lost through digitization.