Boardwalk Empire Reviews & Ratings

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"Empire" is set in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition and chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster. Pilot directed by Martin Scorsese.
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Oct 27, 2014 1:19AM EDT
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This series channels the vibrancy and energy of the era, but also the dark reality of the business which it chronicles. Written with a strong, poignant storyline and a cast of unique characters which you can only find in the world of organized crime. This show kept me interested all series, but truly enraptured me in the last season which was extremely satisfying.

This series channels the vibrancy and energy of the era, but also the dark reality of the business which it chronicles. Written with a strong, poignant storyline and a cast of unique characters which you can only find in the world of organized crime. This show kept me interested all series, but truly enraptured me in the last season which was extremely satisfying.

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Jan 14, 2015 9:34AM EST
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This show does a wonderful job of making the 20's seem more attractive and glamorous than ever. The contrast between the glitz and glamour of 20's Atlantic City and the dark nature of the business that keeps it that way is brilliantly captured. Steve Buscemi portrayal of Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson shows what a powerhouse he truly is.
The show's plot can sometimes have too many strands but the writers always manage to tie them back together towards the end of each season. The last season was truly spectacular, running parallel story lines showcasing Nucky's present day troubles and his struggles as a young boy/man. These story lines manage to come together in the series finale which definitely does the show and characters justice.

This show does a wonderful job of making the 20's seem more attractive and glamorous than ever. The contrast between the glitz and glamour of 20's Atlantic City and the dark nature of the business that keeps it that way is brilliantly captured. Steve Buscemi portrayal of Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson shows what a powerhouse he truly is.
The show's plot can sometimes have too many strands but the writers always manage to tie them back together towards the end of each season. The last season was truly spectacular, running parallel story lines showcasing Nucky's present day troubles and his struggles as a young boy/man. These story lines manage to come together in the series finale which definitely does the show and characters justice.

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May 9, 2015 9:03PM EDT
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I don't think this show is for everyone. The sets are amazing.. i mean just wow.. holy god wow. Some of the story lines are awful and it wrapped quickly which is ironic because often it took way to long to get there. If you think it is ho - hum after four episodes get out before you get invested.

I don't think this show is for everyone. The sets are amazing.. i mean just wow.. holy god wow. Some of the story lines are awful and it wrapped quickly which is ironic because often it took way to long to get there. If you think it is ho - hum after four episodes get out before you get invested.

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Oct 25, 2014 12:03AM EDT
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This final season is terrible but the previous ones were great.

This final season is terrible but the previous ones were great.

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Oct 16, 2014 9:04PM EDT
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An excellent show and I'm sad that it has begun its final season. One that will be missed.

An excellent show and I'm sad that it has begun its final season. One that will be missed.

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Oct 6, 2014 1:56AM EDT
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Vibrant, exciting, great retelling of the prohibition era. Solid acting, good writing, great characters.

Vibrant, exciting, great retelling of the prohibition era. Solid acting, good writing, great characters.

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Jul 20, 2014 4:43PM EDT
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Great first few seasons, but starting to dry up of late

Great first few seasons, but starting to dry up of late

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Jul 8, 2016 12:39PM EDT
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Great show but ended too abruptly

Great show but ended too abruptly

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Nov 3, 2015 8:21PM EST
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This show is kind of boring, but I still watch it.

This show is kind of boring, but I still watch it.

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by Tayzane
Oct 27, 2015 4:55PM EDT
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old school mobsters for the win!

old school mobsters for the win!