Higher Ground Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The picture never settles for easy answers, and these warmly-drawn characters are granted a surprising complexity.
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
Higher Ground is a fantastic debut for Farmiga.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 10, 2013
Farmiga challenges herself and the viewer. Some may shrink from that challenge, but thankfully, our gutsy director and star never does
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
January 15, 2012
Movies don't often show the religious fervor of characters like these with such earnestness, and Farmiga's layered performance helps the movie through some rough patches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 23, 2011
Above all, Farmiga tells Briggs' story with authenticity, going for small, believable moments instead of big dramatic ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 25, 2011
There's nothing quite objectionable about Farmiga's film, and that may be its biggest problem: it's content to comfort when it should seek to challenge instead.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 22, 2011
A rich, sometimes rewarding, yet deeply flawed work that sometimes gets things so right that it's hard not to forgive it when it doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
October 21, 2011
What makes 'Higher Ground' fascinating is that it also shows how communities like the one Biggs belonged to can also be appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 21, 2011
A shaky but interesting directorial debut...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!
October 20, 2011
Vera Farmiga proves herself to be, right out of the box, a terrific director.
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011
This cool, calculated who's-hunting-who piece that brings home all the requisite tension, gunplay and fighting with a great deal of cinematic style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
October 14, 2011
Farmiga makes an astounding directorial debut in this emotionally-charged film in which doubt brings challenging questions and faith proves to not be the magic elixir in dealing with life's misfortunes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
October 14, 2011
It lubes its audiences' mental gears and sets them to spinning without insulting anyone and without issuing threats of eternal damnation. Subtlety, thy name is Vera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
Vera Farmiga makes a heavenly debut as a director with Higher Ground, a compelling drama about a woman's spiritual journey.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 6, 2011
A dignified and graceful first-person account of how a belief system is created and sustained, and evolves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
October 5, 2011
Farmiga has etched something deeply personal and idiosyncratic here: a movie about a character who is simply trying to understand herself and her world -- and that opens up a lot of angst and conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 5, 2011
All the performances are totally believable, no-one is satirised, the true faith of the believers is seen in a way as enviable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
October 2, 2011
Higher Ground is a delicate exploration of faith gained and lost, told through strong acting and graceful direction by Vera Farmiga.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 1, 2011
It's repetitious and simply boring for anyone not touched by the holy spirit.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 1, 2011
A dense and sensitive exploration of life, love and spiritual enlightenment
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