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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Summary: The final season of the drama picks up in 1931 as Nucky plans life after Prohibition.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 5, 2014
    100
    Sorting out the sins and sinners in the final eight episodes of Boardwalk Empire promises to be as intriguing as it will be intense.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 4, 2014
    100
    The end begins--evocatively, dramatically.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Molloy
    Sep 5, 2014
    90
    You don't need to pay attention to the authentic background characters, or the glorious music, or the exquisite clothes, or even the textured dialogue to appreciation the majesty of Boardwalk. In fact, you can strip away the majesty--which the show loves to do--and still have a killer drama.
  4. Reviewed by: Jason Clark
    Aug 29, 2014
    83
    Forgoing its recent dip into somnambulism, Empire is (literally) all guns blazing again.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 4, 2014
    80
    Things are more subtly chaotic on Boardwalk Empire this season as well, marked by a season premiere that feels more menacing and violent than the HBO hit often has in the past.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 3, 2014
    80
    If these first three hours are any guide, Boardwalk looks like it’s heading toward a finish worthy of what preceded it--one that might not be black and white, but will at least provide a sense of where all the bodies are buried.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 5, 2014
    70
    There’s a lot of thread here, and less time than usual to knit. In the first three hours anyway, there’s too much Empire, too little Boardwalk.

See all 11 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 8, 2014
    10
    The must under-appreciated show on television, the visuals are stunning and the acting is always on point. I remain convinced that the cinematography is the best I have ever seen on television, and I hope the show some day achieves the mainstream success it deserves. Expand
  2. Sep 7, 2014
    10
    Just finished watching the season 5 premiere and, wow, it looks marvelous. The show has not lost any of its beauty, grand scope, and charm. Pity there are only 7 episodes of this masterpiece show remaining. Expand
  3. Sep 11, 2014
    9
    Have loved this show from its inception. Despite how good it was in S1, it continues to evolve and get better with each season (Seasons 3 and 4 being off the charts fantastic).The premier episode of S5 gives every indication the writers have not missed a beat. Boardwalk has got to be one of the most critically underappreciated shows to come along in quite some time. Writing, acting, pacing, visually stunning snapshot of the era, it has it all. I perhaps have not looked this forward to a shows final dozen or so episodes since Breaking Bad and The Wire. Expand
  4. Sep 7, 2014
    8
    The first episode was epic everything I loved about boardwalk empire and looks like this season is gonna be great everything is gonna go out with a bang Expand

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