• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 13, 2012
    100
    A re-energized and immensely entertaining start to the third season.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 13, 2012
    100
    Put his [Bobby Cannavale's] floridness up against Buscemi's poker-faced acidity and you get fireworks. [24 Sep 2012, p.57]
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 12, 2012
    90
    Simply put, the third season further confirms the show is as handsome, well cast and impeccably crafted as anything on TV.
  4. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Sep 13, 2012
    88
    Season 3 is off to a roaring good start.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 14, 2012
    83
    Although Buscemi remains firmly in charge of this lead role, he's not the most interesting principal anymore. That pendulum swings to his wife of convenience, Margaret Schoeder (Kelly Macdonald).
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 13, 2012
    83
    The actors all get their moments to shine, even if their stories don't always feel attached to one another
  7. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Sep 14, 2012
    80
    When Boardwalk Empire is dealing with the consequences of the 18th Amendment, it plays like a sound and steady drama. When addressing the energy around the 19th, it begins to jazz things up.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 14, 2012
    80
    Life is annoying Nucky Thompson as Boardwalk Empire starts its third season, and that gives this first-rate show just the push-off it needs.
  9. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Sep 13, 2012
    75
    Flush with vivid characters, immaculate set design, and increasingly fluid storytelling, Boardwalk Empire keeps getting better, but still feels a few distinct steps short of greatness.
  10. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 14, 2012
    70
    Though I sense the show is treading water a bit as Prohibition drags on and the operations of the black market become increasingly contentious, there's still plenty to see on the Boardwalk, thanks to the show's secondary characters.
  11. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 14, 2012
    70
    Based on the first five new episodes, I'd say Boardwalk Empire does recover, mostly if not completely, but only after a period of creeping aimlessness.
  12. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 17, 2012
    67
    It's never a good sign when the main character is the least interesting player on the block. Fortunately, Empire's cast is rich enough for you to overlook that flaw.
  13. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    Sep 17, 2012
    60
    Just when it could've coasted off its accumulated good will and anticipation, Boardwalk Empire raised the stakes instead.
  14. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 14, 2012
    50
    It remains the most ambitious show on TV with nothing to say at all.
  15. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Sep 14, 2012
    50
    Strangely enough, the only scenes that aren't so dark that you need night-vision goggles to watch, are the ones with the naked ladies. Then, suddenly the lights are finally working properly. Still, there's something compelling about it all--maybe it's the era, or the clothes, or the hint that this could be something terrific.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 170 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Sep 17, 2012
    8
    Good first episode of the season. I'm one of the few who had gotten tired of the character Jimmy so it's nice to see the show start afresh. It's hard to see where things will go this season just from this first episode but the writing, characters and acting is all still top notch. Full Review »
  2. Dec 3, 2012
    10
    Bobby Cannavale is AWESOME from start to the last episode! Great season, great scenario, great acting, breathtaking quality. HBO at it's best. Hope it's not even close to the end! Full Review »
  3. Dec 3, 2012
    10
    With the death of young Jimmy threatening to leave a void, Season 3 was under pressure to deliver. It was clear to me within the first 4 episodes the show had made a clear decision to creatively move on pass Jimmy. If anything, his death showed us that anything is possible on The Boardwalk and no one is safe from judgement or execution. Season 4 showcased the flexing muscles of a beautiful ensemble cast. Steve Buscemi's star shine brighter in this season than previous ones in episodes like "The Milkmaid's Lot" & "Two Imposters." Boardwalk is a slow burning oven, it may take a while to get there but you always arrive at a pleasant surprise that rewards the patient viewer. Full Review »