The actress told The Observer that she is "least challenged or inspired" by the stories in major Hollywood movies.
Farmiga said: "I've gravitated towards independent cinema because you have to work harder in studio scripts to flesh out characters, particularly female ones.
"They are not as sharply edged, they tend to be quite watery. They are not renderings of women as I know them."
She added that her character in Duncan Jones's Source Code "was not that stimulating on the written page" but also admitted that she relished the challenge involved.
Farmiga revealed that she burns piles of scripts she does not enjoy, saying: "They do get thrown in and used for fertiliser. It's recycling. Bonfires need to be fed and scripts, after all, are wood. Especially the wooden ones."
Watch the first five minutes of Source Code below: