Higher Ground
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Vera Farmiga makes a heavenly debut as a director with Higher Ground, a compelling drama about a woman's spiritual journey."
‑ Leah Rozen, TheWrap
"The film is refreshingly free of proselytizing. In its place, however, is a whiff of condescension."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Higher Ground is a fantastic debut for Farmiga."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Above all, Farmiga tells Briggs' story with authenticity, going for small, believable moments instead of big dramatic ones."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"What makes 'Higher Ground' fascinating is that it also shows how communities like the one Biggs belonged to can also be appealing."
‑ Dan Lybarger, KC Active
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Farmiga challenges herself and the viewer. Some may shrink from that challenge, but thankfully, our gutsy director and star never does"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"There's nothing quite objectionable about Farmiga's film, and that may be its biggest problem: it's content to comfort when it should seek to challenge instead."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A shaky but interesting directorial debut..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Farmiga's first film is good enough to make us look forward to her next one."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"At times, these analogies feel forced. But give the rookie filmmaker credit for visual storytelling."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"A rich, sometimes rewarding, yet deeply flawed work that sometimes gets things so right that it's hard not to forgive it when it doesn't."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Vera Farmiga proves herself to be, right out of the box, a terrific director."
‑ Alonso Duralde, What the Flick?!
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