Rachel West

Rachel West
Rachel West's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): That Shelf
Biography:
Rachel West is the Senior Online Producer for ET Canada and a featured critic at That Shelf with a B.A. (Honours) in Film Studies from Carleton University. She has interviewed everyone from Michael Fassbender to Miss Piggy and has reported live from TIFF, SXSW, Comic-Con, D23 and the Golden Globes. Her film writing and interviews have appeared in publications including Globalnews.ca, Shaw Connect, The National Post, Toronto Film Scene, Cineplex Magazine, CAA Magazine, and more.
Publications: That Shelf

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
92% Listening to Kenny G (2021) After watching Listening To Kenny G, I'm not quite sure audiences will get a better sense of the man behind the sax. From his time on screen, we get to know a man who is precise and very careful about his image. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
63% The Middle Man (2021) Bent Hamer's The Middle Man offers a uniquely absurd-yet-emotional take on the denizens of a small town that should delight fans of oddball Danish films. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
76% Jagged (2021) Jagged gives new insight into the formerly long-locked '90s persona (who still won't spill the tea on who exactly "You Oughta Know" is about) that will have new and old fans reaching for a copy of Jagged Little Pill. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
89% Belfast (2021) Kenneth Branagh called Belfast his "most personal" story to date and that connection pays off in this lovingly-crafted black and white homage to not just his hometown, but to the citizens themselves. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
91% The Forgiven (2021) The Forgiven will surely be a polarizing film for audiences when confronted with what are largely unlikeable and morally corrupted characters but nevertheless, it is always entertaining to watch beautiful people behaving badly. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
50% Old (2021) Sadly, despite those high stakes, the tension rarely reaches a boiling point, let alone a sustainable simmer. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
91% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) A must-see for any devotee of Bourdain, Roadrunner is a fitting tribute to a complex man. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
97% Pig (2021) Slow and beautiful in all the right ways, Pig is an assured feature debut from Michael Sarnoski (who co-wrote the story with Vanessa Block) too. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
90% Rock, Paper and Scissors (Piedra, papel y tijera) (2019) With elements of Misery, Grey Gardens and the excellent Shrew's Nest, this minimalist feature is a tightly-wound chamber piece filled with tension and menace from its central trio. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2021
No Score Yet Open Your Eyes (1919) Filmed with a minuscule cast in a single location, new Canadian thriller Open Your Eyes hits too many familiar beats to provide any genuine thrills for viewers. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
83% Caveat (2020) Sometimes confusing ambiguity with tension, McCarthy's horror doesn't always add up, but what it may lack in a coherent thread plied with jarring flashbacks, it makes up for in atmosphere, dread, and a few minimal but well-placed jump scares. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Chris Rock brings the Saw franchise back into the spotlight as a police crime thriller that disappointingly fails to live up to its full potential. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
38% Here Are the Young Men (2021) And what is the film's message? Even Macken seems unsure. Here Are The Young Men doesn't seem to make a statement, settling instead for an unpleasant been-there-done-that morality play. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
37% The Marksman (2021) Perhaps the greatest of Liam Neeson's particular set of skills is his ability to elevate a passable film into one that is worth 108 minutes of our time. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
62% Willy's Wonderland (2021) Nicolas Cage fights a demonically-possessed alligator mascot with a mop. What more could you possibly ask for? - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
64% The End of Us (2021) The quarantine-set rom-com The End Of Us shows us that just because you can make a movie about an ongoing pandemic doesn't mean you should. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
84% Nobody (2021) Bob Odenkirk is the action hero we never knew we needed in the adrenaline-driven Nobody, a thrill-filled John Wick for suburbia. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
100% Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) A comprehensive and well-researched deep dive into a horror sub-genre filled with witches, voodoo, and wicker men. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
74% Flannery (2020) Presenting a straightforward biography, Flannery fails to deliver any meaningful insight into the work of Flannery O'Connor. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
80% The Lost Sons (2021) Engaging and thrilling, The Lost Sons proves the truth is always stranger than fiction. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
88% Death of a Ladies' Man (2020) Gabriel Byrne delights as the equally charming and maddeningly drunken playboy who finds himself caught in the space between death and dying, all to the tune of Leonard Cohen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
96% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) It is, to be certain, a melancholic portrait of a tortured artist whose best work was born out of his worst behaviours. And he knows it. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
93% Lucky (2020) Anchored by a strong performance by writer-star Brea Grant, Lucky's infinite horrors deliver a timely commentary and plenty of blood. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Nanau's saga is deeply unsettling, indeed, especially given his unprecedented and personal access to the key players in the investigation. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
12% Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) Breaking News In Yuba County is weighed down by too many flimsy storylines and characters. Even Allison Janney can't save this one. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
93% Saint Maud (2020) Despite a plot that sounds like a religious character study, Saint Maud comes at you with terror from both the supernatural and physical realms. It is truly scary. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
88% Sator (2019) The story behind the slow-burning horror film Sator is almost as interesting - and horrifying - as the film itself. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) By the time the credits roll on The Sparks Brothers, the band will surely have found themselves a new generation of fans. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
96% CODA (2021) Though it hits the familiar notes of a teenage outcast yearning to break free and discover who she is, Heder's story delivers a refreshingly unique and, at times, tear-jerking look at growing up. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
92% Mass (2021) Mass may be a difficult watch, but it's certainly a rewarding one that will stick with viewers long after the credits roll. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
89% Censor (2021) Censor fails to live up to its potential despite some wild moments of mayhem and gore. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
79% In The Earth (2021) Ben Wheatley proves he can do a heck of a lot with a small cast, minimal props and a few smoke machines in the low budget but not low-effort In The Earth. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
58% John and the Hole (2021) John And The Hole's intriguing premise is never fully realized on screen despite doing a fine job of capturing an air of unease. In the end, it's really just a movie about being bored, whether you're inside a hole or not. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
97% Farewell Amor (2020) Universally accessible and appealing, Farewell Amor is a launchpad for both Lawson and Msangi that will have viewers yearning to see what's in store for both talents. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
25% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Christopher Walken's Irish accent isn't even the weirdest thing about 'Wild Mountain Thyme' - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
9% Songbird (2020) Songbird holds the distinction of being the first movie to film in Los Angeles since the 2020 pandemic shutdown. It also has the distinction of being one of the most misguided and tone-deaf movies of the year. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
80% I'm Your Woman (2020) Julia Hart's 1970s-set I'm Your Woman flips the switch on the male-focused crime dramas of the past by putting the criminals' wives in the spotlight, making the film a feminist-noir at its core. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
98% Anything for Jackson (2020) With blood-soaked gore leaking onto the pristine snow and a unique spin on satanic rituals, Anything For Jackson will appease anti-Yuletide viewers looking to immerse themselves in icy depths of unsettling horror. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) There's no doubt Armie Hammer is a good looking man, but it seems no one told him he had to do anything other than stand around and be handsome tobe a leading man. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
56% Come Play (2020) Creepy kids in a horror movie are a given, but sometimes they're just not creepy enough and neither are the monsters that lurk in the shadows. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) Vikander and Moore are fine but they are left with a story that doesn't pack the necessary punch it needs to deliver, especially in the third act. In the end, Steinem and her legacy deserves more and so do audiences. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Another Round is fundamentally an ensemble piece, but Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Bo Larsen are such a mesmerizing duo, it's hard to take your eyes off of them. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
69% Ammonite (2020) Francis Lee manages to avoid sentimentality and melodrama in this fascinating and erotic story of two slow-moving yet mesmerizing opposites who inevitably converge one rapturous moment. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
95% Wildfire (2020) Director Cathy Brady cements herself as one to watch with her directorial feature debut Wildfire, a raw look at the shared trauma of two sisters in an Irish border town. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
67% Falling (2020) Falling is a strong debut for first-time director Viggo Mortensen who expertly navigates a a complex father-son relationship on screen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
78% I Care a Lot (2021) Rosamund Pike takes her "Cool Girl" act to an icy new level in J Blakeson's vicious social thriller. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
16% Ava (2020) Adding nothing to the assassin-thriller genre, Ava is a movie that cant rise above its dull script no matter how seriously it takes itself. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
90% The Oak Room (2020) The Oak Room demonstrates just how effective good old fashioned horror storytelling can be. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
77% 12 Hour Shift (2020) Despite a convincing performance from Angela Bettis, horror-comedy 12 Hour Shift fails to deliver any laughs or frights - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
96% Class Action Park (2020) Class Action Park is a terrifying thrill ride through the negligence and corruption of one of the world's most dangerous theme parks. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020