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3.8
679 Ratings

Top of the Lake

Directed by Jane Campion, Garth Davis
New Zealand, Australia, 2013
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Synopsis

A 12-year-old girl stands chest deep in a frozen lake. She is five months pregnant, and won’t say who the father is. Then she disappears. So begins a haunting mystery that consumes a community.

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Top of the Lake Directed by Jane Campion, Garth Davis

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Director Fiction (Television)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Golden Globes (USA)

2014 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

2014 | Nominee: Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

What are people saying?

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Top of the Lake

    A lovingly crafted homage to Scandinavian Noir and David Lynch, TOP OF THE LAKE is impressive and ridiculous all at the same time. When you're not curious about by the disgusting secrets of a sleepy town in New Zealand, you're probably laughing at Holly Hunter as GJ, a spiritual teacher in a bad wig who hams it up with such zingers: "Stop. Stop thinking" and "What are these crazy bitches doing?" Welcome to Paradise.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Top of the Lake

    Set in a hauntingly beautiful rural New Zealand, this mini-series features a cast of bizarre, despicable, but ultimately interesting characters weaving stories of violence and mystery. Despite the mystery being thin (disguised as complex), it was photographed incredibly well and the performances were outstanding. That is, except for Moss' accent - please, never again, Australia. Just cast one of your own.

  • Matt Richards's rating of the film Top of the Lake

    Thoroughly engaging for the first 4 eps, the writing goes awry in the 5th and 6th with character choice pushed to the background to serve a plot bordering on the preposterous that finally redeems itself in the finale. Unique characters flesh out a vibrant world that would have done well to leave 'guitar girl' the forest sex and the belt slapping (ala Boardwalk Empire) on the cutting room floor. 3 stars

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Top of the Lake

    Holly Hunter does some more hair acting (See 'Saving Grace'). Elisabeth Moss stops being annoying (See 'Mad Men'). Peter Mullan is powerful as usual (See 'My Name is Joe'). The script isn't great, but I thought it got much better towards the end. I really liked the characters and the setting and wanted it to come back for another season.

  • Igor Ramos's rating of the film Top of the Lake

    Hauntingly beautiful. Jane Campion, Gerard Lee and Garth Davis put together an amazing little story set in this tainted paradise called Laketop, in New Zealand. Elisabeth Moss is incredible and her role as Robin complemented by a nice supporting cast. It was so sad to see the similarities between Robin and Tui unfold throughout the 7 episodes. Glad this is coming back for another season.

  • Kyle Lewis's rating of the film Top of the Lake

    Great to see Elizabeth Moss get a lead role. Campion brings out the best in all her performers. Especially Peter Mullen at his sleazy best.

  • Isa Reis's rating of the film Top of the Lake

    mixed feelings: a série está bem escrita e desenvolvida e tem excelente cinematografia. também está rodeada de momentos wtf, o que eu costumo apreciar, mas depois tem partes tão cliché, tão desamparadas de lógica, que nos fazem perder o interesse. a personagem principal é a maravilhosa elizabeth moss e adorei peter mullan - wow!

  • blyniukas's rating of the film Top of the Lake

    Some characters (or rather, one in particular) are strong and have depth and arouse interest. Others are just floating. And then there are some that are completely rotten in the sense that they are simple-minded, predictable, all black&white and just annoying. The writing is mostly unconvincing. The story repeats itself.. I expected a series much more emotionally intelligent coming from Jane Campion, to be honest.