90

NPR

By Jeannette Catsoulis
What follows is something rarely seen in American movies: a sincerely humane examination of what it means to experience a crisis of faith. Tender, bittersweet and often gently comedic, Corinne's 20-year journey toward (and around, and away from) her God has a loose, searching rhythm that's engrossingly unpredictable.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Farmiga expertly guides a large and gifted ensemble cast and proves as fearless a director as she is an actress. She lights up Higher Ground and makes it funny, touching and vital.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Corinne's journey begins with an act of blind faith. The movie ends, but you have a palpable sense that the journey does not.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Higher Ground breaks crucial, sacred ground in American moviemaking.
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80

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Farmiga closes in on moments that express mood and character so lightly and perceptively that you don't notice them gently - sometimes too gently - moving the story forward.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This would be tricky territory for the most experienced director, but I can't remember the last time I saw organized religion handled in such an even-handed, thoughtful manner.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film is a deft, graceful and often poignant story of a woman's quest to find her own identity and a spiritual sanctuary that will give her life hope and meaning.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The problem is that the story, as constituted, is of necessity against organized religion, but Farmiga, as director, pretends that it's ambiguous. So you get a movie slightly at cross-purposes with itself.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Farmiga never seems to strike a false note in any role, but this is perhaps her most reflective and multi-layered performance.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The end result's a muddle and a good argument for why actors shouldn't direct themselves first time out. Farmiga's a generous and observant performer, but she lacks a shaping hand, not to mention the ruthlessness that's probably a necessity for any director.
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74 out of 100
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