High Ground

critic Reviews

, 88% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A gripping action story as well as sobering commentary on colonialism, High Ground is a vividly engrossing attempt to grapple with Australian history.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Roxana HadadiRogerEbert.com
    Between its evocative ensemble, fluid editing, and interest in Aboriginal culture, High Ground is worth a watch, even if it ultimately feels overshadowed by the message it's trying to send rather than being defined by the story it actually tells.
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    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    This movie makes a solid case as both a statement and an action picture.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    Australian storytelling that packs a punch and pushes you to think deeply about the history of this country, High Ground captures the raw beauty of Arnhem Land as it does the brutality of colonialism.
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    Stephen A. RussellTime Out
    High Ground doesn't quite have the epic sweep of Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country, nor the white hot fury of say Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale, but is nonetheless a powerful indictment on a past Australia has yet to reconcile as a nation.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    To call it a timely film would be simplification. It's timeless -- a classic Australian account of the damage done by rampant colonialism. But it's only one chapter. Let's hope that there are many more to come.
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    Luke BuckmasterGuardian
    It's well made and directed gracefully, offsetting hard-hitting sequences with handsome production values.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    The well-acted, multilayered story provides a history lesson that resonates powerfully today. With the film's brutal violence and rampant xenophobia, it's difficult to watch but even harder to dismiss.
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    Alex SavelievFilm Threat
    It is a splendid depiction of a little-known period of time, in a little-known place, that manages to represent the global injustices that are happening now.
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    Gary M. KramerMovieJawn
    Despite its flaws, High Ground is gorgeously filmed and features timely lessons about race and colonization. Its insights into Aboriginal culture are both valuable and welcome.
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    Frank SwietekOne Guy's Opinion
    An action movie with both a mind and a heart, a moving attempt to come to terms with Australia's dark past of conquest and racism.
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