Top of the Lake: China Girl (2017)


China Girl
Top of the Lake

Critics Consensus

Top of the Lake remains impressively idiosyncratic and ambitious in its second season, even if the plot of this six-episode arc isn't quite as tightly wound as its predecessor's.



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Air date: Sep 10, 2017

Detective Robin Griffin is newly back in Sydney, haunted by the baby she had as a teenager and partnered with an eager new recruit, Miranda. When a body in a suitcase washes up on Bondi Beach, Robin is determined to take the case.

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Air date: Sep 11, 2017

Robin ignores the threat of Al Parker's case against her and relishes her new relationship with Mary.

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Air date: Sep 12, 2017

As Robin and Pyke's fears for Mary escalate, Miranda drops a bombshell that brings her closer to the dead girl and puts her on the wrong side of the law.

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In this crime mystery story, Detective Robin Griffin has recently returned to Sydney and is trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realizes "China Girl" didn't die alone. Robin looks to the investigation to restore herself, but her problems are personal. Haunted by a daughter given up at birth, Robin desperately wants to find her, yet dreads revealing the truth of her conception. But her search to discover "China Girl's" identity will take her into the city's darkest recesses and closer than she could have imagined to the secrets of her own heart.

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (31)

All the forced coincidences will make your eyes roll, as if Australia is some kind of tiny town where everyone just happens to be connected somehow, criminally and/or romantically.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

China Girl is full of aphorisms and statements that might be profound if they weren't so nonsensical.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Kidman, part of the recent ensemble in HBO's Emmy-nominated Big Little Lies, is even more impressive here as the possessive, high-strung Julia while Dencik completely inhabits the role of thoroughly oily "Puss."

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

For all of China Girl's didacticism, it has great characters, a mischievous sense of humor, grace notes.

Sep 10, 2017 | Full Review…

China Girl does what True Detective hoped to -- it is intense, disturbing and bizarre without buckling under the weight of its philosophies or politics.

Sep 7, 2017 | Full Review…

In some ways, it's not quite as successful as the first-it's hard to repeat that kind of breakthrough brilliance-but it's undeniably challenging and way more complex than most mystery television.

Sep 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Moss does simmering misery brilliantly and Christie injects the only recognizable humanity as rookie cop Miranda. But it's not enough to stop Top Of The Lake drowning in its own puddle of cliché and self-importance.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The plot strands are slowly coming together, Campion is as committed as ever to making every shot perfect, and Moss is once again proving why she's in such demand.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It's unlikely, depressing, bitter and instantly addictive.

Jul 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All of this amounts to a new season of Top of the Lake where there is just too much going on.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Oh the disappointment.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The result is the mother of all cop shows.

Sep 10, 2017 | Full Review…

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