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: January 9, 2012
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Leah Rozen
TheWrap

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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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The film is refreshingly free of proselytizing. In its place, however, is a whiff of condescension.

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass

Higher Ground is a fantastic debut for Farmiga.

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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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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This film might easily have settled for mocking religion. Instead, it's a fascinating glimpse into a culture that forces some people to choose between fitting in and opting out.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Farmiga challenges herself and the viewer. Some may shrink from that challenge, but thankfully, our gutsy director and star never does

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Farmiga's first film is good enough to make us look forward to her next one.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

At times, these analogies feel forced. But give the rookie filmmaker credit for visual storytelling.

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

Movies don't often show the religious fervor of characters like these with such earnestness, and Farmiga's layered performance helps the movie through some rough patches.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% 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

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