Boardwalk Empire : Season 2

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

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 302 Ratings

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  • Summary: After a successful election of his pick for Mayor, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) comes under investigation for voter fraud and soon finds his position tenuous as his family and friends turn against him.
  • Genre(s): Drama
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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Marisa Carroll
    Oct 4, 2011
    80
    The Oedipal quagmire only enhances the political treachery.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    ignore the bad reviews on here (mainly m505753a who is clearly an idiot - reviewing a program that he has never seen after disliking the firstignore the bad reviews on here (mainly m505753a who is clearly an idiot - reviewing a program that he has never seen after disliking the first season). Broadwalk empire is fantastic and is appreciated by the masses!!!! Genuinly believe this could go on for many more series!!!! Expand
  2. Dec 31, 2011
    10
    Operatic, great television

    The first series promised much, the second series delivered the goods. There is no match for this on television,
    Operatic, great television

    The first series promised much, the second series delivered the goods. There is no match for this on television, Mad Men included. The ensemble cast is the best (especially Michael Shannon and Steve Buscemi), the scripts continue to shock with the story unfolding at its own pace, the direction firm and consistent, and the production up to the best film standards. The second season rivals the the first Sopranos series - and the resolution episodes (11 and 12) were the best yet, pulling rabbits out of hats at alarming speed.

    Can they do a third series anywhere near this?
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  3. 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 2While 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.
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  4. Oct 13, 2011
    9
    A start to a season which eclipses the finale to the previous one. If the ending to the last season left you feeling a bit cold then theA start to a season which eclipses the finale to the previous one. If the ending to the last season left you feeling a bit cold then the beginning of this one will leave you begging for more, really fast paced start to this and can only bode well! Expand
  5. Jul 19, 2013
    8
    incredibly rich milieu of gangsters, politicians and players, from a bygone age, animated by genius and imbued with vitality and immediacyincredibly rich milieu of gangsters, politicians and players, from a bygone age, animated by genius and imbued with vitality and immediacy once more. simply a time portal to another world.

    great season, forever condemned to an 8 by its ending.
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  6. Sep 18, 2012
    8
    Hard to follow but a good show. Hard to follow but a good show. Hard to follow but a good show. Hard to follow but a good show. Hard toHard to follow but a good show. Hard to follow but a good show. Hard to follow but a good show. Hard to follow but a good show. Hard to follow but a good show. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2011
    3
    I can't believe this got a second series. I gave up on the first series after about 6 or 7 episodes. It was so boring, the story just wasn'tI can't believe this got a second series. I gave up on the first series after about 6 or 7 episodes. It was so boring, the story just wasn't going anyway, I didn't care about any of the characters. It was well acted, and shot, just the storey line wasn't gripping enough. Expand

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