Critic Consensus: Absorbing and deeply atmospheric, Top of the Lake takes edgy, disturbing content and delivers powerful performances with lasting impressions.
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Evolves into a rich portrait of hard lives and the possibility of healing.
The series did what independent cinema once did best: take a familiar format and fold it in on itself like origami, until what remains is both totally unexpected and deeply beautiful.
Elisabeth Moss anchors the film as Detective Robin Griffin, a tough cop and restless woman whose curt manner suggests she has secrets.
Creepy and cockeyed, unholy and unnerving, Top Of The Lake is riveting stuff.
Audience Reviews for Top of the Lake: Season 1
Top of The Lake has almost everything to be a near perfect experience but that will depend on how you'll appreciate some elements in it. Personally, this is one of the most gorgeous mini-series you'll lay your eyes on. Not just that but it's backed up by and incredible but subtle performance from the great Elisabeth Moss, whilst making a really relevant comment on the rape culture and mistreat of women on this type of background. It's an incredibly emotional ride that will probably leave you in tears somewhere around episode 5. However, I didn't quite like the final twists, cause they were obvious but played like a "booh! surprise!" kinda deal. Completly out of place on this subtle series. Also, I didn't quite like the way the refugee camp was handled. The approach just didn't work for me. Still, mini-series don't get much better than this, even if the ending should've been handled with a bit more time and finesse. But that's always the problem with series isn't it? They will never end as we want them to.
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