Top of the Lake: China Girl Reviews

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October 22, 2019
The emotions of the standard crime procedural are revenge, regret and obligation, but China Girl operates a deeper, primal level, and it is the psychological stakes that drive these incomplete people forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 6, 2018
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.
August 7, 2018
I'm not even sure what we ended up with - a meditation on motherhood? An indictment of illegal surrogacy? An exploration of class in Australia? All or perhaps none of the above?
July 20, 2018
It's unlikely, depressing, bitter and instantly addictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2018
All of this amounts to a new season of Top of the Lake where there is just too much going on.
June 12, 2018
Oh the disappointment.
December 29, 2017
Nicole Kidman is Julia and is, as ever these days, terrific: combative, articulate, dangerous.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 27, 2017
It is a sharp mix of the beautiful and the brutal.
December 19, 2017
Its honest, fearless depiction of gender relations and the terrifying and often disgusting truths of what women face every day - including a stunning analysis of rape culture - allow it to stand out from pretty much any other crime series out there.
November 14, 2017
Forget about putting up Wonder Woman as an example of strength for the girls of 2017: it's enough that they know Detective Robin Griffin. [Full review in Spanish]
November 1, 2017
I binge-watched this season in high-wire excitement because - as with real humans - I had no idea what they were going to say or do next.
October 27, 2017
Concerns of gender politics and violence have long been in Campion's wheelhouse, and China Girl works to highlight violence against women that is far more insidious than just the instances that end with a corpse in a suitcase.
October 25, 2017
This is a show that doesn't allow for much sunshine, but it comes by its darkness honestly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2017
The plot, in the end though, was farce. To say it had more holes than a Swiss cheese insults Emmental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 22, 2017
Top of the Lake is best when it defies the edicts of prestige television, when it's messy and volatile and doesn't seem so self-conscious about how it will be perceived.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 19, 2017
Writer/creator Jane Campion crafted a genre-defying six-part series.
September 15, 2017
dersonFriday, 01 September 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterEmail Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin: life's a beach - and then you die
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 14, 2017
This miniseries deepens... with a series of character studies comparable to Jane Tennison's in the original Helen Mirren mysteries on Prime Suspect.
September 13, 2017
There are chases and shootings and a kidnapping. Flirtations and affairs and delusional romances. Twists and shocks and laughs. Lake offers waves of enthrallment over its entire run, but the mystery's unusual resolution is key.
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