High Ground

critic Reviews

, 89% 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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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    A disturbing Outback western about the ugliness of colonialism.
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    Jennie KermodeEye for Film
    Whilst the story that emerges is ultimately pretty routine stuff, one should not underestimate the contribution that each one of this new generation of films makes to rebalancing the way that Australians think about their history.
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    Ron WilkinsonIt's Just Movies
    It is the colonists against the people and the land in this lusciously shot thriller.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    Even if it may spring one or two twists too many in the end, Chris Anastassiades' ambitious script is terrific. It's beautifully realized by Johnson, his crew and a vivid cast.
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