Chasing Ice
Chasing Ice (2012)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 9, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette

While their persistence is remarkable, it is rewarded by the breathtaking yet heartbreaking images obtained. In every location, they find irrefutable evidence of the dramatic degradation of the planet's glaciers.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The most important documentary of the year.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Margot Harrison
Seven Days

As a documentary, it offers most of its likely viewers grim confirmation of what they already know, rather than the thrill of discovery.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Chasing Ice" is a grand adventure, a visual amazement and a powerful warning.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie might have given us a bit less of Balog and a bit more of the startling sequences he produced.

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Simon Foster

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A terrifying film that offers both a stunning collection of images and an indisputable evidence of global climate change. It is only a pity, though, that it… More
Luke Eberhardt
We are all concerned about the earth's poles in this day and era. "Chasing Ice" Documents James Balog an acclaimed Natianal Geographic… More
Sam Barnett
One of the most visually stunning documentaries I have ever seen, Chasing Ice is a testament to the power of film to serve as clear-cut evidence of a changing… More
Christopher Haskell
"Chasing Ice" is as visually stunning as it is socially enlightening. James Balog, an acclaimed photography, brings the best of both worlds into a… More
Jim Hunter
Photographer James Balog sets up cameras to document the disappearance of glaciers. Most documentaries about global warming and other such social problems take… More
Kyle Meisch
Necessary, fascinating, and moving. I couldn't believe my eyes.