• 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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Josh Larsen

...skeptical and yearning at the same time.

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

September 28, 2011
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

Give first-time director Vera Farmiga credit for literally aiming high with Higher Ground, her adaptation of Carolyn S. Briggs' loss-of-faith tome, This Dark World.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 23, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The film's quiet realism demands from us our own act of faith: We're asked to watch closely and to listen intently in the promise of a greater reward to come. Well, the promise is partly kept.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Farmiga's first film is good enough to make us look forward to her next one.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 23, 2011
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Ultimately too tender and respectful. The story wavers at times between humorous character drama and serious spiritual yearning.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

September 22, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

An honest and nuanced portrayal of religion that is alternately confounding and fascinating.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 22, 2011
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Kudos to Higher Ground for respectfully presenting a drama that just happens to be about Christianity. If only that weren't the best thing it had going for it.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

September 16, 2011
Willie Waffle

She's beautiful, a great actress, and, now, a great director. Commence jealousy of Vera Farmiga.

Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 16, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The film is refreshingly free of proselytizing. In its place, however, is a whiff of condescension.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

September 16, 2011
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This film might easily have settled for mocking religion. Instead, it's a fascinating glimpse into a culture that forces some people to choose between fitting in and opting out.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2011
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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At times, these analogies feel forced. But give the rookie filmmaker credit for visual storytelling.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 15, 2011
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The movie is full of interesting ideas and performances. Farmiga is always good, and there's a nice role for Dagmara Dominczyk as her one true friend in the church.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: B-

September 15, 2011
Nora Lee Mandel

The focus stays on her internal transformation through the spiritual maturity that gives . . . a surprising sympathy for faith-based feminism rarely seen in films.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 8/10

September 13, 2011
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

'Higher Ground' proves faith can be on display in a film, but that doesn't automatically mean it's worth watching.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 4/10

September 12, 2011
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Boring mess of an aimless movie in which Farmiga shows no aptitude for directing.

Full Review Source: Denton Record Chronicle (TX) | Original Score: 1/5

September 10, 2011
James Verniere
Boston Herald

If Vera Farmiga finds religious fundamentalists so interesting, why is her depiction of them in Higher Ground so mediocre?

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: C

September 9, 2011
Marc Mohan

That's right, this is a movie about the life of an American woman. Oh, plus there's some religion in there, too.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

September 9, 2011
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Higher Ground may not be a true revelation, but it does show a viable path an actor might take to shape intelligent material on her own terms.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2011
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Farmiga is terrific, but her clear vision as a director and her ability to play fair with believers and skeptics alike provides the balance and insight needed to ground the film in thoughtful reality.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

There's no sense of life or texture, with many basic questions that would give the movie context unanswered: When is it supposed to take place? Where, exactly, are we? Do any of the people in Corinne's sect have jobs?

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

September 9, 2011
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