• 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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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

October 25, 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
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Bereft of both spiritual and narrative spark, the loss-of-faith drama Higher Ground gets stuck in the valley of the shadow of snark.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

August 21, 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
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
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
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
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Higher Ground'' is a noble failure, a case of an artist loving a character so much that she loses sight of why.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Even with her beatific face (the actress looks like one of Parmigianino's Madonnas), Farmiga is never wholly believable as a woman shaken by a crisis of belief.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 23, 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
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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A shapeless collection of tonally diverse moments strung together with little organizing principle beyond the protagonist's identity struggles.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

August 25, 2011
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

Higher Ground is a weird film with some very nice moments, but its odd and offbeat combination of comic touches, serious spiritual subject matter and occasional surrealist interludes never quiet gels.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 24, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Higher Ground is one of the few open-minded Hollywood movies about Christian fundamentalism, but the mind isn't sufficiently exploratory.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

August 26, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film is ultimately a message movie about the virtue of independent thinking, offering plenty of small insights but no revelations.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2011
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Tells its story in such a fractured, elliptical fashion that you're likely to leave it more confused than enlightened, as befuddled as the heroine is after her experiences.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

September 8, 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
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
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press

Farmiga transcends the petty religious debate to deal with the richer subject matter of how to really engage in life.

Full Review Source: New York Press

May 4, 2011
Glenn Dunks

Higher Ground is a fantastic debut for Farmiga.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
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
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