• Released
  • August 26, 2011
  • R , 1 hr 54 min
  • Drama
  • 29 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A Fundamentalist (Vera Farmiga) struggles with the restrictions of her church.

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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated R | For For some language and sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Moving drama about faith and doubt dares to be smart.
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