• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Vera Farmiga
    In Theaters:
    Aug 26, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 9, 2012
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Higher Ground Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

Higher Ground is a fantastic debut for Farmiga.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Farmiga challenges herself and the viewer. Some may shrink from that challenge, but thankfully, our gutsy director and star never does

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

January 10, 2013
Eric Melin

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 15, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Above all, Farmiga tells Briggs' story with authenticity, going for small, believable moments instead of big dramatic ones.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

November 23, 2011
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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 Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

October 22, 2011
Dan Lybarger
KC Active

What makes 'Higher Ground' fascinating is that it also shows how communities like the one Biggs belonged to can also be appealing.

Full Review Source: KC Active | Original Score: 4/5

October 21, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A shaky but interesting directorial debut...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2011
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!

Vera Farmiga proves herself to be, right out of the box, a terrific director.

Full Review Source: What the Flick?!

October 20, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

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 Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 18, 2011
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

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 Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2011
Mike Scott

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 Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2011
Leah Rozen
The Wrap
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Vera Farmiga makes a heavenly debut as a director with Higher Ground, a compelling drama about a woman's spiritual journey.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

October 7, 2011
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A dignified and graceful first-person account of how a belief system is created and sustained, and evolves.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

October 6, 2011
Peter Galvin

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 Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 3/5

October 5, 2011
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

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 Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 5, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Higher Ground is a delicate exploration of faith gained and lost, told through strong acting and graceful direction by Vera Farmiga.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2011
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

It's repetitious and simply boring for anyone not touched by the holy spirit.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 1, 2011
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

A dense and sensitive exploration of life, love and spiritual enlightenment

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 1, 2011
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Higher Ground grapples with weighty issues in a mature and pensive manner, reinstating a measure of faith in the way Hollywood's disciples are willing to tackle this thorny subject.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2011
Josh Larsen

...skeptical and yearning at the same time.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 28, 2011
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