Top of the Lake Reviews & Ratings

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A twelve-year-old girl stands chest deep in a frozen lake. She is five months pregnant, and she won't say who the father is, insisting it was 'no one'. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin, the investigating detective, will find this the case that tests her to her limits. In the search for Tui she will first have to find herself.
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Feb 3, 2016 5:33PM EST
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Top of the Lake is a dark emotional powerhouse. As Elisabeth Moss investigates an unspeakably terrible crime, she begins to uncover a tangled web of complications that make solving it much more difficult. This show is filled with twists and turns, and while not for the faint of heart, Top of the Lake delivers a very engaging story.

Top of the Lake is a dark emotional powerhouse. As Elisabeth Moss investigates an unspeakably terrible crime, she begins to uncover a tangled web of complications that make solving it much more difficult. This show is filled with twists and turns, and while not for the faint of heart, Top of the Lake delivers a very engaging story.

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Jan 30, 2015 10:54AM EST
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Exploring a very dark and complicated case, Top of the Lake explores several taboo situations that only make the town in it more and more interesting. With Elizabeth Moss as the lead character, this mystery drama is extremely powerful.

Exploring a very dark and complicated case, Top of the Lake explores several taboo situations that only make the town in it more and more interesting. With Elizabeth Moss as the lead character, this mystery drama is extremely powerful.

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Dec 13, 2015 4:23PM EST
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It took me a long time (2 years) to finally get around to watching this show. It has strong female leads and is rich in drama. I do feel the editing was a bit shotty, many errors and sometimes timeline issues. I did power watch the entire season in one day, it has some pretty funny moments.

It took me a long time (2 years) to finally get around to watching this show. It has strong female leads and is rich in drama. I do feel the editing was a bit shotty, many errors and sometimes timeline issues. I did power watch the entire season in one day, it has some pretty funny moments.

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Oct 30, 2014 3:28PM EDT
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Very dark, quite slow, beautiful landscapes versus horrible souls, I really liked this show. I hope there will be a season 2.

Very dark, quite slow, beautiful landscapes versus horrible souls, I really liked this show. I hope there will be a season 2.

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Feb 5, 2016 3:40PM EST
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Unfortunately, even if in so many aspects we have groundbreaking developments in improving our life standards, still no movie,book, study seems to suffice in raising awareness about statuary rape, incest, sexual abuse, pedophilia; where numbers of such crimes soar still. Instead of addressing issues in a focused witty storyline, this show totally fails turning it into a lousy mad lib protest. I was worried before watching the show when I realised it was written and directed by Jane Campion... and sadly,I was right . As a woman I often have difficulty understanding Campion's persistence in portraying female characters as melodramatic, needy, romantic, ubersensitive, anxious to bond at first given chance type of dependant weaklings. Script was very predictable even episodes prior to twists. It had No credibility throughout the season and by midseason it became evident that ending will resemble twin peaks. Elizabeth Moss and scenery were two factors that made it watchable....just about.

Unfortunately, even if in so many aspects we have groundbreaking developments in improving our life standards, still no movie,book, study seems to suffice in raising awareness about statuary rape, incest, sexual abuse, pedophilia; where numbers of such crimes soar still. Instead of addressing issues in a focused witty storyline, this show totally fails turning it into a lousy mad lib protest. I was worried before watching the show when I realised it was written and directed by Jane Campion... and sadly,I was right . As a woman I often have difficulty understanding Campion's persistence in portraying female characters as melodramatic, needy, romantic, ubersensitive, anxious to bond at first given chance type of dependant weaklings. Script was very predictable even episodes prior to twists. It had No credibility throughout the season and by midseason it became evident that ending will resemble twin peaks. Elizabeth Moss and scenery were two factors that made it watchable....just about.

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Dec 26, 2015 5:07AM EST
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Everyone involved in this POS needs to be barred from ever working in the entertainment industry.

Everyone involved in this POS needs to be barred from ever working in the entertainment industry.

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Jul 3, 2015 4:49PM EDT
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Take most of the positive aspects of humanity you see in Twin Peaks and leave in all of the dark and you get this show. It is very very dark. That said, I really liked it. Beautifully filmed, subtly acted, and very well written with a very relatable protagonist.

Take most of the positive aspects of humanity you see in Twin Peaks and leave in all of the dark and you get this show. It is very very dark. That said, I really liked it. Beautifully filmed, subtly acted, and very well written with a very relatable protagonist.

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Feb 23, 2015 8:36PM EST
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This show introduced me to Elizabeth Moss. HUUUUGE star, dark story, great show.

This show introduced me to Elizabeth Moss. HUUUUGE star, dark story, great show.

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Feb 22, 2015 3:58AM EST
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It might be the best mini series I've ever seen. Very good cast, excellent directing and photography, and an extremely shocking script makes it just perfect.

It might be the best mini series I've ever seen. Very good cast, excellent directing and photography, and an extremely shocking script makes it just perfect.

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Dec 30, 2014 5:06PM EST
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A delicacy among TV series but not of the easy to digest sort. It's not another escapist fantasy. It touches upon the real through the mythical.
Slow-pacing allows to revel in mesmerising sceneries, yet the landscape is not your typical gimmick. It speaks of raw, wild power of creation and destruction as it shines through all women characters in their strenghts and weaknesses.

A delicacy among TV series but not of the easy to digest sort. It's not another escapist fantasy. It touches upon the real through the mythical.
Slow-pacing allows to revel in mesmerising sceneries, yet the landscape is not your typical gimmick. It speaks of raw, wild power of creation and destruction as it shines through all women characters in their strenghts and weaknesses.