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Higher Ground Reviews

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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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 9, 2011
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?
| Original Score: 1/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
August 21, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 1, 2011
It's repetitious and simply boring for anyone not touched by the holy spirit.
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.
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 8, 2011
"Higher Ground'' is a noble failure, a case of an artist loving a character so much that she loses sight of why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
August 23, 2011
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.
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
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 25, 2011
A shapeless collection of tonally diverse moments strung together with little organizing principle beyond the protagonist's identity struggles.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
August 24, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 26, 2011
Higher Ground is one of the few open-minded Hollywood movies about Christian fundamentalism, but the mind isn't sufficiently exploratory.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 8, 2011
The film is ultimately a message movie about the virtue of independent thinking, offering plenty of small insights but no revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: C
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
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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
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
May 4, 2011
Farmiga transcends the petty religious debate to deal with the richer subject matter of how to really engage in life.
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
Higher Ground is a fantastic debut for Farmiga.
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
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