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Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (2014)




Critic Consensus: The final season of Boardwalk Empire is as visually dazzling and well-acted as ever, but it's the emphasis on Nucky Thompson's history that's particularly rewarding this time out.


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Series 5 begins with Nucky in Cuba trying to expand his business before the Volstead act is lifted. However, after an attempt on his life he returns to New York to find out who tried to kill him. Later, Chalky returns looking for information on Narcisse in an effort to set Daughter free.


Steve Buscemi
as Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Shea Whigham
as Elias Thompson
Kelly Macdonald
as Margaret Schroeder
Michael Shannon
as Nelson Van Alden
Vincent Piazza
as Lucky Luciano
Stephen Graham
as Al Capone
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Arnold Rothstein
Jeffrey Wright
as Valentin Narcisse
Gretchen Mol
as Gillian
Paul Sparks
as Mickey Doyle
John Ellison Conlee
as Louis "The Commodore" Kaestner
Ben Rosenfield (II)
as Willie Thompson
Anthony Laciura
as Eddie Kessler
Jack Huston
as Richard Harrow
Boris McGiver
as Sheriff, Sheriff Lindsay
Paul Calderon
as Arquimedes
Charlie Cox
as Owen Sleater
Michael Zegen
as Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
Anatol Yusef
as Meyer Lansky
Louis Cancelmi
as Mike D'Angelo
Bobby Cannavale
as Gyp Rosetti
Marc Pickering
as Young Nucky
Giampiero Judica
as Salvatore Maranzano
Matt Letscher
as Joseph Kennedy
Patricia Arquette
as Sally Wheet
Maya Kazan
as Mabel Jeffries
Nolan Lyons
as Young Nucky
Madeleine Rose Yen
as Young Gillian
Oakes Fegley
as Young Eli
Ian Hart
as Ethan Thompson
John C. Vennema
as Lawrence Conors
Lee Godart
as Maxim Ronis, Maxime Ronis
Joe Caniano
as Jake Guzik
Erin Dilly
as Eleanor Thompson
Shae D'Lyn
as Carolyn Rothstein
Ryan Dinning
as Young Eli
Chris Caldovino
as Tonino Sandrelli
Warner Miller
as Buck, Milton
Greg Antonacci
as Johnny Torrio
Margot Bingham
as Daughter Maitland
Nisi Sturgis
as June Thompson
Reg Rogers
as Robert Hodge
Scott Francis Moreau
as Young Jim Neary
Danny McCarthy
as Pat Halligan
Ivo Nandi
as Joe Masseria
Burke Moses
as Daniel Jeffries
Patch Darragh
as Bennett, Robert Bennett III
Ethan Herschenfeld
as Pinky Rabinowitz
Jim True-Frost
as Eliot Ness
Michael Countryman
as Frank Wilson
Michael Siberry
as Sen. Wendell Lloyd, Senator
Matt Bailey
as George Raft
Matt Bailey
as George Raft
Max Von Essen
as Paul Muni
Joyce Van Patten
as Mae Zeller
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Critic Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 5

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (15)

The end begins -- evocatively, dramatically.

September 3, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Boardwalk Empire is ruthlessly, irredeemably brilliant.

September 10, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In general, the 1920s and 30s are such an underexplored period in television that all of the historical and cultural touches scattered throughout give the show a patina of freshness

September 8, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Sorting out the sins and sinners in the final eight episodes of Boardwalk Empire promises to be as intriguing as it will be intense.

September 5, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It makes sense that this still-brilliant show feels a bit haunted now by characters lost and memories forgotten in the final days of a closing empire.

September 4, 2014 | Full Review…

These great clunking scenes are not only dull and unnecessary, they also draw unwanted attention to Boardwalk's greatest weakness. Empathy can't be retconned. It has to be earned.

September 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 5


Boardwalk Empire ended on a high note with its last season. This was a heavier, more devastating season than all the ones before. It has a funeral-like feeling from beginning to end and that is appropriate. The reaper (and the tax man) have come to collect their due to these reprehensible bunch of characters, but everything is so well-handled you end up feeling sorry for most of them. Thematically, this season was very rich, with each episode having something to do with the little micro-story at hand, culminating in the fantastic finale that had so much to say, so many details, coming full-circle in all aspects. A lot of throwbacks to the beginning, always staying true to their characters, motivations and past mistakes. Nucky never really changed despite trying so hard on the last couple of seasons. Money was still the only way he had to deal with problems. And money brought the downfall to his empire. There were also a lot of references to the future that was about to come to most characters. Ironically, most of them won't get to experience it. How great is that? It's a series that is very relevant on this aspect for we know we're coming to the end of an era and the start of a new one. And much like young Nucky, we don't know where it's going but our choices will be detrimental. To The Lost.

Francisco G.

Super Reviewer


A return to the promise and potential of its early season, the final season of Boardwalk Empire is a redemptive one. Mired in muddled storytelling and a loss of focus in its fourth season, the final season is more succinct, poignant, powerful, and simply compelling. The series ends major character arcs without pretense or fanfare, but in cold, brutal, and sudden fashion--a hallmark of the setting and real-life personalities the show embodies. An especially effective finale cements the show as a mature and uniquely conceived effort, despite some missteps on the way. 4.5/5 Stars


Super Reviewer


Season 5 sings eulogy to every beloved characters with an emphasis on Nucky' childhood and rise to power.


Super Reviewer

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