Higher Ground 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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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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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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best movie of the decade!

By vegemonster
This is a fabulous movie in so many ways. Because it doesn't try to covert you or deconvert you, its just one woman journey...

Higher Ground

By windsurgen
This movie is well done. Vera Formiga does a great job with her character. Though the pace is a little slow, I think that this is intentional. You are definitely drawn into the characters. I didn't...

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By stuntgal
Well done movie... spiritually atuned Christian might be challenged to having more open dialog towards those who are hurting or going through crisis of faith, instead of being preachy. Scenes were...

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By imtiredofpswrds
THIS MOVIE MAY ONLY APPEAL TO A SMALLER AUDIENCE BUT IT WAS WELL DONE. IT GIVES A VOICE TO A UNIVERSAL PLEA FOR SELF DISCOVERY AND STRENGTH...

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By rswarner
One of the few films I've seen that takes religion seriously. The characters and situations ring true, with enough uncomfortable scenes to make you feel that you've dropped uninvited into people's...

Poorly Written Screenplay With An Important Message...Film Needed Much More Work.

By Alon Patterson
I see a movie every day in theaters and have done so for more than a decade now. Consequently, I see most every commercial release exhibited with rare exceptions. Among the hundreds I see each year...

Interesting one

By pashapasha
nice one!...

Puzzled

By retroactive
Loved this. Being from the Bible belt and of a particular age, I know exactly what our heroine was facing. And from a contemporary female point of view, I understood her frustration with her...

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By eddiewebb
honest, thought-provoking, respectful, timely...

Worth seeing in the theater

By cleighm
My husband and I enjoyed seeing Higher Ground and would recommend seeing it in the theater, not waiting for the DVD. I thought the acting and directing we very wel done. The director did a good job...

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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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