• Released
  • November 9, 2012
  • (NY; 11/23 LA)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 15 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Chasing Ice Synopsis
James Balog uses time-lapse cameras to capture a multiyear record of the world's changing glaciers.
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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...
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By Mark Jenkins
In Hollywood these days, such epic transformations are rendered with computers and called "morphing." Offering a lesson both to filmmakers...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Slant Magazine

If you need it, the documentary offers a devastating, and often beautifully shot, reality check.
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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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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...
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A picture tells a thousand words

By insync
I had seen Balog's presentation in 2011 - and I knew I had to see the film. Chasing Ice documents without any doubt that humanity's use of fossil fuels is warming our climate. This is a wake up call...

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By Enviro Activist
Chasing Ice in addition to being stunningly beautiful is one of the most important environmental films of the decade. It is a must see for anyone concern about their grand children's future....


By nmaclaine
Amazing photographic record of the accelerating melting of the glaciers. Not only time-lapse over years but some calving events caught real-time in motion. Sit close to the screen....

This picture is worth a million words!

By Kayhi
Warning: if you see this movie you maybe very motivated to actually do something about global warming. My idea of where to start: treat a friend who is a doubter to see this movie....

Chasing Ice an Embarrassment--and I believe climate change is real.

By heidi.burgess
This movie tries to make the case that climate change is real by showing time lapse photos of retreating glaciers. But it's bigger point is that the "star" and creator of the show--James Balog --has...

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By sjholland
Breath taking photography of a world that is too quickly disappearing. Must See Movie!...

Seeing is believing

By gcarver2
A beautiful, sad, and frightening look at the consequences of our global hydrocarbon addiction. Watching rocky and dessicated landscapes appear under the rapidly retreating glaciers brought to mind...


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Rated PG-13 | For Brief Strong Language