Higher Ground
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A chronicle of one woman's lifelong struggle with her faith.

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Time Out New York - 10/10 by Joshua Rothkopf Funny and heartbreaking, this is a movie that would have made the '80s-era Jonathan Demme, attuned to American anxieties, blush with pride.
Chicago Tribune - 9/10 by Michael Phillips 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.
Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Roger Ebert 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.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/10 by Carrie Rickey Corinne's journey begins with an act of blind faith. The movie ends, but you have a palpable sense that the journey does not.
Rolling Stone - 9/10 by Peter Travers 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.
Los Angeles Times - 9/10 by Robert Abele The same intelligence, wit and mature spirit that actress Vera Farmiga brings to her performances is richly apparent in her directorial debut as well, the inquisitive spiritual drama Higher Ground.
NPR - 9/10 by Jeannette Catsoulis 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.
Not Coming to a Theater Near You - 8/10 by Michael Nordine 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.
The Hollywood Reporter - 8/10 by Kirk Honeycutt 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.
Times-Picayune - 8/10 by Mike Scott It lubes its audiences' mental gears and sets them to spinning without insulting anyone and without issuing threats of eternal damnation. Subtlety, thy name is Vera.
KC Active - 8/10 by Dan Lybarger What makes 'Higher Ground' fascinating is that it also shows how communities like the one Biggs belonged to can also be appealing.
Capital Times (Madison, WI) - 8/10 by Rob Thomas Above all, Farmiga tells Briggs' story with authenticity, going for small, believable moments instead of big dramatic ones.

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