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Based on 34 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Farmiga expertly guides a large and gifted ensemble cast and proves as fearless a director as she is an actress. She lights up Higher Ground and makes it funny, touching and vital. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The problem is that the story, as constituted, is of necessity against organized religion, but Farmiga, as director, pretends that it's ambiguous. So you get a movie slightly at cross-purposes with itself. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Farmiga never seems to strike a false note in any role, but this is perhaps her most reflective and multi-layered performance. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Corinne's journey begins with an act of blind faith. The movie ends, but you have a palpable sense that the journey does not. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    This would be tricky territory for the most experienced director, but I can't remember the last time I saw organized religion handled in such an even-handed, thoughtful manner. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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 her life hope and meaning. show more

  • 80
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Farmiga closes in on moments that express mood and character so lightly and perceptively that you don't notice them gently - sometimes too gently - moving the story forward. show more

  • 90
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    What follows is something rarely seen in American movies: a sincerely humane examination of what it means to experience a crisis of faith. Tender, bittersweet and often gently comedic, Corinne's 20-year journey toward (and around, and away from) her God has a loose, searching rhythm that's engrossingly unpredictable. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There are no heavy-handed portraits of holy rollers here, just people whose view of the world is narrow. There are also no outsize sinners, just some gentle singer-songwriters who are too fond of pot and whose lyrics are parades of cliches. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Farmiga's film doesn't state things directly, but we sense what is happening to Corinne, and how some turn to fundamentalism for complex and interconnected reasons. show more

  • September 22, 2011 dal9573
    Report This User

    This is a great movie with incredible acting as well as a real life story about a woman who struggles with her religious beliefs. vera Farmiga\'s directorial debut is oscar worthy.

  • September 19, 2011 asarnel
    Report This User

    To me this is a very depressing movie. On moment it is talking about religion and Jesus and the next violence. I guess if you are a \"Born again, whatever,\" you will like it. I walked out. If you pay, keep your receite.

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