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Higher Ground Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
September 28, 2011
...skeptical and yearning at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
September 23, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 23, 2011
Farmiga's first film is good enough to make us look forward to her next one.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
September 22, 2011
Ultimately too tender and respectful. The story wavers at times between humorous character drama and serious spiritual yearning.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 22, 2011
An honest and nuanced portrayal of religion that is alternately confounding and fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 16, 2011
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.
Willie Waffle
September 16, 2011
She's beautiful, a great actress, and, now, a great director. Commence jealousy of Vera Farmiga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 16, 2011
The film is refreshingly free of proselytizing. In its place, however, is a whiff of condescension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 15, 2011
At times, these analogies feel forced. But give the rookie filmmaker credit for visual storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
September 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
Nora Lee Mandel
September 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 12, 2011
'Higher Ground' proves faith can be on display in a film, but that doesn't automatically mean it's worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
September 10, 2011
Boring mess of an aimless movie in which Farmiga shows no aptitude for directing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 9, 2011
If Vera Farmiga finds religious fundamentalists so interesting, why is her depiction of them in Higher Ground so mediocre?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marc Mohan
September 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: B+
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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