• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 4, 2011
    100
    It's essential viewing. All of the promise of last season looks to be realized with impressively deft storytelling, beautiful cinematography and impeccable acting.
  2. Reviewed by: Marisa Carroll
    Oct 4, 2011
    80
    The Oedipal quagmire only enhances the political treachery.
  3. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 4, 2011
    90
    Boardwalk Empire is doing what I wish Prohibition had done--it's tempting me to stick around for one more.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 30, 2011
    90
    With season two, the drama has fully come to life, with moments of savagery, hypocrisy, and bittersweet loyalty that make it a must-see show.
  5. 50
    If there are rare moments in Boardwalk Empire that do pay off (the story of Jimmy's mother has some sick kick this season), it's hard to feel the stakes, beyond the catharsis of the show's bi-weekly throat slashings.
  6. Reviewed by: Phillip Maciak
    Sep 26, 2011
    63
    It has the advantage of a veritable galaxy of stars at its disposal, but all that sparkle too often comes together as a gaudy mess.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 26, 2011
    80
    Boardwalk Empire loses sight of neither the large nor the small pictures as it moves into season two.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 23, 2011
    90
    This is a gorgeous piece of storytelling that requires and rewards patience.
  9. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Despite all the attention to detail, or maybe because of it, Boardwalk Empire is a slog. For long periods of time, it's boring, glum, bloodless slog.
  10. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 21, 2011
    100
    "Men," of course, remains the King of the Emmys, while Empire nailed the equally prestigious Golden Globe for best drama last winter. But Sunday begins to build the case for Empire, and build it convincingly.
  11. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 21, 2011
    91
    While there are many extraordinary moments in the new season, there's still enough inconsistency that I'm still waiting for it to become the classic drama it so clearly has the tools to be.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 19, 2011
    90
    The show doesn't just go down smoothly; it's good to the last illicit, intoxicating drop.
  13. Reviewed by: Dalton Ross
    Sep 19, 2011
    83
    It's time to pick a side, and I'm on whichever one the dude with half a face chooses.
  14. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 30, 2011
    75
    Boardwalk is still solid, but it's sacrificed some of its nervy power. [10 Oct 2011, p.40]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 287 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    10
    While 1st season was just good and current ~85% score reflects well my opinion, but thanks to 2nd season this series jumps to my my TOP 2 favourite tv series (along with Breaking Bad)

    fantastic plot, great GREAT acting, colorful characters. It has simply everything and i cant understand why it is rated so low - even awful TWD season 2 has a better score.

    10+/10.
    Full Review »
  2. Apr 18, 2014
    10
    This season of the always great Boardwalk Empire has more sex, violence, bunga-bunga and unbeliavable events, that it makes Berlusconi look like Pope Francis. Full Review »
  3. Nov 25, 2012
    4
    Season 1= A wonderful, engaging plot. Character development that keeps you interested in whats going to happen to each of them. And pacing that keeps the story moving forward at just the right speed. Season 2= Less in every category. The plot doesn't seem to know where it wants to go. The characters seem to be becoming ever-less interesting as each episode arrives. And the story just doesn't move forward with nearly enough 'umph'. Things happen, but slowly, and really not very interesting things at that. The main characters are becoming less and less relate-able and continuously more annoying. The premise of prohibition-era alcohol-bootleggers battling it out for turf in a budding Atlantic City is awesome, but somehow the writers of the show are managing to snuff out the huge possibilities that could exist here, and that I thought would exist after I had watched a really well-done season 1. Full Review »