Top of the Lake

When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.
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Netflix Rating: 3.9
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 91%
Critics' score: 91   Audience score: 73   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Top of the Lake is written and directed by Jane Campion and Garth Davis. That's reason enough for taking it seriously, but for being disappointed too. full review

David Thomson, The New Republic

It's only March, but I already expect the Sundance Channel miniseries Top of the Lake to make my year-end "Top 10" list. full review

Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine

The mystery of just what happened to the child unspools almost languidly against the backdrop of wild and gorgeous New Zealand country. The ugliness of humans amid such beauty resounds like a cold slap. full review

Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly

Evolves into a rich portrait of hard lives and the possibility of healing. full review

Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe

This is a series you'll want to watch -- and maybe even rewatch -- each week. full review

Robert Bianco, USA Today

As slow as it seems to go at first, you'll be surprised at how quickly you're addicted. full review

Hank Stuever, Washington Post

The gorgeous scenery around the silvery lake, alpine yet not in a welcoming way, makes all the pools of psychic pain seem even blacker. full review

Nancy DeWolf Smith, Wall Street Journal

Top of the Lake is Jane Campion and her cast at the top of their game. full review

David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

Top of the Lake, like the best crime series, is about so much more than solving a crime. full review

Willa Paskin,

I have no idea where any of it's headed. But I am going along. full review

Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times

Creepy and cockeyed, unholy and unnerving, Top Of The Lake is riveting stuff. full review

Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald

Elisabeth Moss anchors the film as Detective Robin Griffin, a tough cop and restless woman whose curt manner suggests she has secrets. full review

David Hinckley, New York Daily News

Jane Campion's smart, bracing, hugely enjoyable mystery rural noir ... full review

Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Absorbing and richly atmospheric. full review

Justin Chang, Variety

An edgy, disturbing and altogether first-rate crime drama that very much centers on women, though it does have a lot of daddy issues. full review

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
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