Chasing Ice
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Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Still an eco-sceptic? Clap your eyes on this lot. Awe-inspiring, terrifying, transcendently beautiful, and absolutely weighted with significance for the future of the planet."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"If you're looking for eye-popping evidence that the world's glaciers are melting, don't miss the small-scale but spectacular documentary, Chasing Ice."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"As a documentary, it offers most of its likely viewers grim confirmation of what they already know, rather than the thrill of discovery."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"If seeing equals believing, then this film's documentation ought to sway the world. But daredevil heroes and sexy screen goddesses probably help the medicine go down."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Global Warming? "Seeing is believing.""
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"The most important documentary of the year."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The rapid disappearance of ice mountains, filmed over a period of years, is compressed through time-lapse technology into minutes and seconds. The speeded-up effect is harrowing and also, disturbingly, eerily beautiful."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Less a didactic 'message-movie' than a study of one man's steely determination, the debut helmer directs with a sure hand and no-frills aesthetic."
‑ Simon Foster,
"While visually and emotionally stunning, "Chasing Ice" raises almost as many questions as it answers."
‑ Lindsey Cherner, Austin American-Statesman
"While skeptics continue to doubt global warming is a man-made phenomenon - Rush Limbaugh called warnings about it "garbage science" - "Chasing Ice" leaves little doubt it is occurring."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
""Chasing Ice" is a grand adventure, a visual amazement and a powerful warning."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The movie might have given us a bit less of Balog and a bit more of the startling sequences he produced."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Beautiful, affecting documentary about glacier retreat."
‑ Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
"Chasing Ice will open your eyes to a world you've never seen before and it will make you think. But whether any of us can change anything is a different matter altogether."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"It's an absorbing and vital watch."
‑ Gail Tolley, The List
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