100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Particle Fever succeeds on every level, but none more important than in making the normally intimidating and arcane world of genius-level physics at least conceptually comprehensible and even friendly to the lay viewer.
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100

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Particle Fever is that rare, exhilarating science doc that’s neither dumbed down nor drabbed up.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Their excitement is infectious and the entire endeavour both mind-bending and tremendously human: Near the end, Peter Higgs, the recent Nobel Prize-winner and one of the scientists who first predicted the particle back in 1964, is seen in Switzerland watching the data results come in, while a tear trickles down his cheek.
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100

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Particle Fever is a fascinating movie about science, and an exciting, revealing and sometimes poignant movie about scientists.
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100

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Levinson follows the ups and downs of bringing that beast of a collider online, but the movie's deepest thrill lies in what these men and women will theorize next, and how they will test it.
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85

NPR

It's jaw-droppingly cool stuff, explained with admirable clarity by an affable physicist tour-guide, David E. Kaplan, and wedded to the tale of a massive technological undertaking like nothing in history. ("The biggest machine ever built by human beings," as one scientist puts it.) And it's flat-out thrilling.
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80

The Telegraph

By David Gritten
Particle Fever offers enough broad explanation to keep lay persons up to speed. Where it excels is in depicting the various personalities involved.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Barbara VanDenburgh
Particle Fever does an excellent job of laying out what's at stake as it documents the creation and fine-tuning of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
There's a palpable excitement around the search for knowledge, and this film captures that beautifully.
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80

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
For all their concentration on the human factor, the filmmakers by no means shortchange the aesthetic dimensions of LHC.
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87 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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