Particle Fever explores with awe-inspiring precision, and in remarkably accessible language, how 10,000 scientists and engineers from around the world built what in effect is the ultimate test tube for particle physics.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-03-21
The enthusiasm, idealism, and cheerful brilliance of the six subjects convey the thrill, if not the full significance, of this scientific breakthrough.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2014-03-20
It plays out with all the suspense of a thriller.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2014-03-20
Levinson makes the story accessible and entertaining for mainstream viewers.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-03-20
Even the most math-averse viewer will be on pins and needs to know the results.
Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, 2014-03-20
The filmmakers find room for some witty philosophical bull sessions and affectionate portraits of some of the physicists; this is an agreeable light entertainment on a complex subject.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2014-03-13
Even if you can't explain the Standard Model or define "supersymmetry," you'll walk away with a conviction that you've vicariously participated in a historic event.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2014-03-13
The bracing scientific rigor and intellectual derring-do presented in "Particle Fever" are most welcome.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2014-03-09
All you really need to know about Particle Fever is that it includes footage of physicists rapping. About physics. Wearing giant Einstein masks.
Trey Graham, NPR, 2014-03-07
The film allows for our awe. It also demonstrates that science is the most human of activities, with all that that implies.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2014-03-07
Set in crummy offices and towering facilities worthy of a Bond movie, the documentary is edited with the momentum of a thriller by the great Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), as we follow six scientists.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2014-03-07
Watching a film won't make you smarter, but if there ever was one that could, it would be "Particle Fever," a movie so mind-bending you can almost feel your brain cells growing as you're watching it.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2014-03-06
As fictional Vulcan Spock might have pronounced: "Fascinating."
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, 2014-03-06
Talk about a smash hit.
Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News, 2014-03-06
A compelling, if sometimes difficult to follow, story.
Josh Modell, AV Club, 2014-03-06
A movie that's not just accessible but fun, with a surprisingly emotional payoff at the end.
Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com, 2014-03-05
Particle Fever is that rare, exhilarating science doc that's neither dumbed down nor drabbed up.
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York, 2014-03-04
The experience of watching the film can be vertiginous: You toggle between the tiny and the infinite, between eternity and the real time of the recent past.
A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2014-03-04
A dazzling, dizzying documentary about nothing less than whether we exist in a coherent universe of ordered, even beautiful laws ...
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2014-03-04
A documentary about science for professionals and laypeople alike, Particle Fever celebrates an event of earth-shattering importance, though what far-ranging transformations it heralds remain unknown
Ronnie Scheib, Variety, 2014-03-03