Higher Ground
Higher Ground (2011)

Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, Higher Ground, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 26, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 9, 2012
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Higher Ground, star and debuting director Vera Farmiga takes viewers on a challenging spiritual journey whose missteps are easily overcome by its many rich rewards.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

It rather presents a quaint coming-of-faith tale that's not especially captivating to watch.

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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.

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Richard Propes

In refusing to take sides, Higher Ground really allows the story to be about the fullness of Corinne's faith journey.

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Sara Michelle Fetters

Yet there is something about the film, something about the way it is constructed, about what it is saying, that has struck some sort of interior chord with me, and as such I've been having plenty of trouble compiling my thoughts into one.

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Leah Rozen

Vera Farmiga makes a heavenly debut as a director with Higher Ground, a compelling drama about a woman's spiritual journey.

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David Lamble
Bay Area Reporter

...fueled by an emotive ensemble, featuring Farmiga as a devout woman who resists the patriarchal constraints of her faith. It's an offbeat peek into how a rock n roll generation copes with Jesus...

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Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!

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

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Amie Simon
Three Imaginary Girls

One of those quiet, thoughtful Indies that comes along every once in awhile-leaving an impression.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
An intriguing, if ultimately unsuccessful take on religion and how one woman (Vera Farmiga) begins to struggle with her faith while living within a somewhat… More
Bathsheba Monk
Huge believability (no double entendre intended) factor in this movie. It managed an insiders look at a closed religious community without becoming either… More
Chris Weber
Faith and Feminism: The Movie. That's a pretty good way to describe this, the directorial debut of its star Vera Farmiga. It's loosely based on some… More
Mark Hobin
Emotionally shattering tale of a Fundamentalist Christian who struggles to keep her beliefs in a religiously tight-knit community. The movie is loosely based on… More
Reid Volk
Poignant thought-provoking moments strung together in an overall poorly-structured piece. I really wanted to like this movie since there was a lot of material… More
William Dunmyer
"Higher Ground," Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, reminds me of "The Apostle" (1997), the second film that Robert Duvall directed. In… More