• Released
  • November 9, 2012
  • (NY; 11/23 LA)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 15 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This amazingly beautiful, and amazingly frightening, documentary captures the immediacy of what climate change is doing to the Arctic landscape.
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
In Hollywood these days, such epic transformations are rendered with computers and called "morphing." Offering a lesson both to filmmakers and climate-change deniers, Chasing Ice demonstrates how much more powerful it is to capture the real thing.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
When we finally see the time-lapse images his cameras took, they're awesome and terrifying - a meltdown out of a poetic horror film.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Orlowski does share Balog's smoldering rage at a society that refuses to face the consequences of its actions, and that rage forms the necessary spine of Chasing Ice. This is an agit-doc with no apologies and a lot of sorrow.
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75

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
Chasing Ice aims to accomplish, with pictures, what all the hot air that has been generated on the subject of global warming hasn't been able to do: make a difference.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Heart-stopping in its coverage of the brave and risky attempt by a scientist named James Balog and his team of researchers on the Extreme Ice Survey, where "extreme" refers to their efforts almost more than to the ice.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A documentary so stuffed with eye-soothing images one prays it can seduce a climate-change skeptic or two.
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63

Slant Magazine

If you need it, the documentary offers a devastating, and often beautifully shot, reality check.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The impact should be visceral and gut-wrenching; instead, it's cool and cerebral – after all, we're being lectured in a lecture hall.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
His personal efforts are praiseworthy, but if glacial melting is in fact the "canary in the climate coal mine" (his words), 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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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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