Particle Fever Synopsis
Physicists brace for the greatest success or failure of all time.
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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It's jaw-droppingly cool stuff, explained with admirable clarity by an affable physicist tour-guide, David E. Kaplan, and wedded to the tale...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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Particle Farticle

By IWantMyMoneysWorth
Advertised as "Mind Blowing." NOT!! Mind Numbing is more like it. A documentary featuring young, bright, well-educated and energetic people, who could be applying their talents on solutions to any...

Particle Fever

By elcwagner
If you want to share the excitement of physicists on July 4, when the Higgs boson discovery was announced, please go and watch this movie. The basic scientific concepts are explained in a way...

What A Pleasant And Challenging Surprise

By jerryamoore
For a topic as dry as theoretical physics, this documentary introduces the human element and tells the story of one of the greatest scientific endeavors in the history of mankind....

Well-made documentary, but.....

By fijinz-all
I was very impressed with how well made this documentary is. The trouble is, it's over my head a little. The film features those brilliant scientists in search of an explanation to the universe's...

science is beauty

By fish_burne
Follow particle physicists in the true-life story of the hunt for the Higgs boson. Everything about it is spectacular: the ideas, the quest, the personalities, and the apparatus. The story is...

Stand Back... Real Science!

By creynolds76
For those of us who have followed the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) since the the first media blitz, the purpose and discovery of the experiments at CERN will not be news. However, meeting the cast of...

The movie does not deliver a clear message of reality.

By crosetto
When it shows apprehensive faces looking at computer monitor screens expecting to see a beam pop-up, champagne celebration, cheering among scientists, etc., the audience might interpret such...

STEM at its best

By chasserrell
An intellectually stimulating yet entertaining documentary about CERN and the fascinating laboratory experiments and journey into the laws of nature....

Surprisingly Good

By wardertj
I'm not a 'science guy' but found Particle Fever interesting, even exciting at times. Glad my girlfriend...

Beautifully-made documetaty

By page2
You don't have to understand the incredible physics behind this documentary to really enjoy this film. It's a well-made and engaging documentary, interlaced with humor, drama, excitement, tension and...

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