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  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Some of these trekkers are more resilient than others, but all seem to agree there's a high, maybe insurmountable barrier between them and civilians. However sympathetic we are, they say, we can hardly understand what they've been through. High Ground makes that difficult task a little easier. show more

  • 65
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    What emerges as the film goes on is that the things military service provided for many of these individuals - family, friends, camaraderie, a support network of other like-minded individuals willing to lay down their lives for them - is the exact thing that has been taken away by their injuries, leaving them feeling particularly isolated. The climb provides them with that sense of community once again. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A less than inspiring documentary about extremely inspiring individuals, High Ground is worth seeing for what it shows rather than how it shows it. show more

  • 90
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    In its ability to let us hear firsthand what life-and-death combat does to the human body and spirit, this film has few peers. show more

  • 80
    Ernest Hardy Village Voice

    From its low-key, guitar-based score by composer Chris Bacon to the filmmaker's refusal to sugar-coat the tough times some of the soldiers faced after completing the climb, High Ground takes its cues from the worldview of its subjects. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Michael Brown (a renowned mountaineer), digs below the adventure itself to reveal the gaping holes in our veteran care. Doing so, he translates a collage of experiences - some desperate, some hopeful, all tragic - into a first-person commentary on the malign reverberations of war. show more

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