Boardwalk Empire : Season 3

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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76

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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 240 Ratings

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  • Summary: The third season opens with Nucky Thompson celebrating the countdown to 1923. However, trouble brews as Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale), a mobster from Brooklyn, who disagrees with some of Nucky's decisions.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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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. People Weekly
    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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Apr 18, 2014
    10
    Good lord! Bobby Cannavale is so AWESOME. He is the greatest bad guy since the man who shot Bambi's mom...This season was so great, full ofGood lord! Bobby Cannavale is so AWESOME. He is the greatest bad guy since the man who shot Bambi's mom...This season was so great, full of nail-biting suspense, a better use of the supporting characters and heart-pumping action! HBO rocks!!! Expand
  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.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! Collapse
  3. Apr 5, 2013
    9
    An excellent,beautifully written season of TV and arguably Boardwalk Empire's finest season thus far.The new antagonist Gyp Rosetti played byAn excellent,beautifully written season of TV and arguably Boardwalk Empire's finest season thus far.The new antagonist Gyp Rosetti played by Bobby Connavale is astounding and is one of the finest villians to come around in a very long time.Alot of people thought that after Jimmy Darmody's death the show would cease being good but that is not the case.Every actor brings their A game and provides a dark,personal story for season 3.The cinematography is absolutely stunning as always and the atmosphere is darker and more visceral than it's ever been.Nucky Thompson is being haunted by Jimmy's murder and is now a full gangster.Al Capone has a bigger role this scene and though his scenes are limited,he steals the show.Richard Harrow is as awesome as ever and he ends the season with an unforgettable display of his weaponry skills.The show is very well-written,and acting is very strong.While there are some minor hiccups along the way and some boring scenes(Margaret is a drag) they're not enough to weighh the season down. 9/10. Expand
  4. Aug 15, 2015
    9
    Excellent series development, Much more crime orientated this time around than before when we had political machinations. A number of threadsExcellent series development, Much more crime orientated this time around than before when we had political machinations. A number of threads weave in and out and all collect very smoothly or smoothish. Its a show that requires patience and time not to be mention concentration but that is its strong point. The unexpected still happens and adds spice and anxiety for the viewer. Death just happens so unexpectedly. Some will wish death for some characters, Margaret? and life for others such as Gillian, even though she's a total Machiavellian baddie. What was the weakest Buscemi's Nucky is starting to feel more realistic. I didn't think him nasty enough previously to be believable but he makes it plain he is just controlled violence unlike Rossetti whose menace is frightening and unpredictable, but still the same if you scratch under the surface Expand
  5. 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
  6. 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.

    frankly, only the incredible and slightly unbelievable ending rescues this from the 7 iy condemned itself to, with the events of the lasts seasons ending. a bunch of old men talking politics, rescued by a sensational departure into narrative entertainment.
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  7. Oct 16, 2012
    1
    I always enjoyed Boardwalk Empire because of the style and writing. Season 3 has proved this HBO series has lost both. Focused too much onI always enjoyed Boardwalk Empire because of the style and writing. Season 3 has proved this HBO series has lost both. Focused too much on Nookie's personal problems it moves at a pace which has me looking at my watch anticipating the end so I can watch "Homeland". Shows don't usually crash and burn in the third season but if the lack of quality and writing, of the beginning episodes is any indication, this show is doomed. Expand

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