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Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (2012)

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Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 4

As hot-headed mobster Gyp Rosetti, Bobby Cannavale brings a sense of danger and energy to this season of Boardwalk Empire, which remains lavish, twisty, and violent.

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Average Rating: 9.4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 3

As hot-headed mobster Gyp Rosetti, Bobby Cannavale brings a sense of danger and energy to this season of Boardwalk Empire, which remains lavish, twisty, and violent.

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Season Info

With the '20s really starting to roar, Nucky Thompson deals with his sham of a marriage while facing a new competitor, Gyp Rosetti, whose operations threaten to siphon off Nucky's booze business in Season 3 of the hit HBO series.

Genre: Drama

Network: HBO

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 16, 2012

Resolution

Season 3 premiere. Nucky makes a New Year's resolution; Margaret eyes a hospital expansion; Gillian builds a new business; Van Alden calls a gangster's bluff.

2
Air date: Sep 23, 2012

Spaghetti & Coffee

Nucky mixes business with pleasure in NYC; Gyp makes a power play in Tabor Heights; Chalky and his daughter fail to agree on her future with Samuel; Eli gets a new boss and faces new realities at home; a major liquor shipment takes an unexpected detour.

3
Air date: Sep 30, 2012

Bone for Tuna

Nucky reluctantly joins Margaret to receive a high honor from the Church. Gyp makes a deal with Nucky. Van Alden regrets trying to socialize with his co-workers; Margaret takes her pitch to a higher authority; Richard sets the record straight.

4
Air date: Oct 7, 2012

Blue Bell Boy

After tracking down a liquor thief, Nucky and Owen end up spending a long night hiding out from the Feds with the precocious perp. Mickey makes a routing call that will have far-reaching consequences. Capone's feud with O'Banion heats up.

5
Air date: Oct 14, 2012

You'd Be Surprised

After venting with Nucky about his liquor travails, Rothstein sends Gyp a message. Van Alden and Sigrid receive an unexpected visitor; Gillian worries about keeping her business afloat; Margaret has awkward moments at the hospital and at Madam Jeunet's.

6
Air date: Oct 21, 2012

Ging Gang Goolie

After being detained by Daugherty's men, Nucky approaches his onetime nemesis, Esther Randolph, and later entertains an intriguing proposition from Gaston Means. Margaret and Owen investigate a fire; Richard connects with a damaged vet and his daughter.

7
Air date: Oct 28, 2012

Sunday Best

On Easter Sunday, Eli looks to get back in Nucky's good graces. While Richard and Tommy spend the day as guests of the Sagorskys, Gillian stays at home and makes a sacrifice to improve her future. In New York, Gyp heads downtown in search of a blessing.

8
Air date: Nov 4, 2012

The Pony

Gillian makes her peace with Jimmy's death, though not with Nucky, as Gyp arrives to play ally. Working off his debt to O'Banion, Van Alden attends a meeting with Capone and Torrio; Nucky pays a visit to Andrew Mellon; Billie eyes a future in film.

9
Air date: Nov 11, 2012

The Milkmaid's Lot

Reeling from Gyp's most recent attack, Nucky vows to eliminate his nemesis through a coalition of familiar partners. In Washington, the arrest of a bootlegger puts Daugherty and Jess Smith on the hot seat. Emily gets a scaled-down birthday party.

10
Air date: Nov 18, 2012

A Man, A Plan..

Nucky reaches out to Gaston Means to keep Jess Smith quiet in Washington, and enlists Owen to neutralize Gyp's alliance with Joe Masseria in New York. Margaret considers an alternate future; Van Alden's side business backfires.

11
Air date: Nov 25, 2012

Two Impostors

Gyp makes his move in Atlantic City, forcing Nucky and Eddie to seek refuge with Chalky. Gillian contemplates a business future that includes an unwelcome partner. Luciano makes a deal he'll come to regret; Harrow loses his house privileges.

12
Air date: Dec 2, 2012

Margate Sands

Season Three Finale. Desperate to weaken Gyp's alliance with Masseria and reclaim Atlantic City, Nucky cedes control of one of his prized assets to Rothstein. Harrow returns to Gillian's brothel for some unfinished business.

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (4)

Boardwalk Empire is in the tradition of gangster stories that treat their principals less as tragic heroes than as troubled businessmen, and there's something businesslike in its handsomely mannered approach to elaborating underworld myth.

July 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Slate

Boardwalk Empire has grown into a series interested in the rippling effect that competition, greed and duplicity can have on an individual and the choices he or she makes.

July 21, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Here's signing off on another great Boardwalk season! Looking forward to 1924!

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

That's Boardwalk Empire. It may not have the mystery or emotional depth of The Sopranos, but it lays out its story and makes sure all the pieces fit together very, very well at the end. And when you get to the end, that can feel awfully satisfying.

July 16, 2014 Full Review Source: HitFix

It's that acknowledgment, that belief that evil does not happen in a vacuum, which makes Boardwalk so much more than a period piece and which will reward those prepared to give it a second try.

July 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Welcome back to Boardwalk Empire, folks, where the rich keep getting richer, impeded only by the possibility that they could cross the wrong yegg and catch a bullet in the hatrack.

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Jack Huston does more with half his face than most actors do with the whole lot, and he imbues a man of few words with the depth only long-form television is able to provide.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

A puffed-up show that drowns its myriad shortcomings in an ocean of booze and blood. It's the televised equivalent of an empty suit.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

It's a delicious development.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The show needed Gyp Rosetti.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

I feel we are in for a great ride this season.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

Chicago and some of its notorious sons play a bigger role than ever in HBO's superb Prohibition-era drama.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

The HBO drama remains lavish, violent and twisty.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel

You've got to give Winter and his team credit for not playing it safe.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Nearly every plot element came neatly together by the end.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

Happy New Year, Boardwalk. We missed you.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Nucky -- and Buscemi -- are finally getting more harrowing.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

If you feared the tension of "Boardwalk Empire" would fizzle after the shocking finale of Season 2, take heart. Season 3 is off to a roaring good start.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

(Cannavale's) talents are being used to portray a gangster would have Joe Pesci's Goodfellas hot-headed character Tommy DeVito rolling his eyes in dismay.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Hanging in there is very easy on a show with such dazzling production values, which turn the 1920s into a darkly lit dream, and such knockout performances.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

One of the best things about Boardwalk Empire is how littered it is with characters that pull your eye and want you to invest more time with them.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

This is still the role of Buscemi's lifetime, the likes of which this otherwise lifelong supporting actor may never see again.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

The show feels more dangerous and more dramatically sound than ever.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

The program finds its groove, with new rivals, shifting relationships and strained allegiances.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

It remains the most ambitious show on TV with nothing to say at all.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

The episode marks an engaging return for a show that escalated into a frenzy of outrageous shocks and plot twists last season.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

With all due respect to the zombies, there's been no better show on Sunday nights this fall than Boardwalk Empire.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Boardwalk's blueprint of a slow-burn mini-mob movie each week might not grab viewers the way shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones do, but last season rounded itself out with some of the best and gripping TV of that year.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Boardwalk Empire is, in its third season, growing steadily stronger, shedding more of the flaws that hampered its freshman season.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

There's still plenty to see on the "Boardwalk," thanks to the show's secondary characters.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Boardwalk Empire is worthy of your best bubbly.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 3

Things have collapsed a bit on Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire. Much of the focus on period entrapings is lost, to give room for a more traditional gangster war kind of narrative. There's nothing wrong with that, but by loosing a bit of the depth that made Boardwalk so special to begin with is a big no no, since many characters undergo trnasformations that are not that engaging and interesting to follow this time around. Bobby Cannavale makes for a great villain but it's nothing we're not used to already. Save for some interesting storylines, courtesy of Richard Harrow, Owen and Margaret, some stuff going in Chicago, this season feels a bit like filler when it ends.
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