Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (2012)



Critic Consensus: 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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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.


Steve Buscemi
as Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Kelly Macdonald
as Margaret Schroeder
Michael Shannon
as Nelson Van Alden
Shea Whigham
as Elias Thompson
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Arnold Rothstein
Vincent Piazza
as Lucky Luciano
Anthony Laciura
as Eddie Kessler
Paul Sparks
as Mickey Doyle
Jack Huston
as Richard Harrow
Charlie Cox
as Owen Sleater
Bobby Cannavale
as Gyp Rosetti
Meg Steedle
as Billie Kent
Stephen Root
as Gaston Means
Anatol Yusef
as Meyer Lansky
Ed Jewett
as Jess Smith
Ivo Nandi
as Joe Masseria
Christopher McDonald
as Harry Daugherty
Josie Gallina
as Emily Schroeder
Lucy Gallina
as Emily Schroeder
Wrenn Schmidt
as Julia Sagorsky
Patrick Kennedy
as Dr. Douglas Mason
Arron Shiver
as Dean O'Banion
Brady Noon
as Tommy Darmody
Glenn Fleshler
as George Remus
Rory McTigue
as Teddy Schroeder
Connor Noon
as Tommy Darmody
Declan McTigue
as Teddy Schroeder
James Cromwell
as Andrew Mellon
Mark Borkowski
as Paul Sagorsky
Kerry O'Malley
as Edwina Shearer
Erik LaRay Harvey
as Dunn Purnsley
Greg Antonacci
as Johnny Torrio
Nisi Sturgis
as June Thompson
Stephen DeRosa
as Eddie Cantor
Michael Zegen
as Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel
Joseph Aniska
as Agent Sawicki
Joe Caniano
as Jake Guzik
William Forsythe
as Manny Horvitz
Julianne Nicholson
as Esther Randolph
Dominic Chianese
as Leander Whitlock
Nick Robinson
as Rowland Smith
Kevin O'Rourke
as Edward Bader
Victor Verhaeghe
as Damien Fleming
Christina Jackson
as Maybelle White
Michael Cumpsty
as Father Brennan
Justiin Davis
as Lester White
Geoffrey Pierson
as Sen. Walter Edge
Anna Katarina
as Isabelle Jeunet
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Critic Reviews for Boardwalk Empire Season 3

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (18)

This year, Boardwalk found the perfect mix of romanticism, crime, politics and tragedy. Especially tragedy.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jul 21, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Sep 16, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

Sep 16, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's the series' ability to balance the human with the sociopolitical that lends it its addictive quality. As the bullets start to fly, we genuinely care who lives and who dies.

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

With a cast as rich as this, and with so many plot strands in perpetual motion, you need to lay in supplies and settle down for the long haul.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

At the season's end, the writers have successfully rebooted the show and given it a new direction.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Watching the show explore Rosetti further over the season will be truly delightful.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 3


Super Reviewer

Season 3 was the climax of the entire series, thanks to the introduction of new characters and more dangerous rivalries between the gangs.


Super Reviewer


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.

Francisco G

Super Reviewer

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