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

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 26, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 9, 2012
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Higher Ground, star and debuting director Vera Farmiga takes viewers on a challenging spiritual journey whose missteps are easily overcome by its many rich rewards.

Leah Rozen

Vera Farmiga makes a heavenly debut as a director with Higher Ground, a compelling drama about a woman's spiritual journey.

Full review…
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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

Full review…
Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

It rather presents a quaint coming-of-faith tale that's not especially captivating to watch.

Full review…
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.

Full review…
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.

Full review…
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

The picture never settles for easy answers, and these warmly-drawn characters are granted a surprising complexity.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Full review…
Glenn Dunks

Higher Ground is a fantastic debut for Farmiga.

Full review…
More reviews for Higher Ground

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