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Based on 15 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This amazingly beautiful, and amazingly frightening, documentary captures the immediacy of what climate change is doing to the Arctic landscape. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    A documentary so stuffed with eye-soothing images one prays it can seduce a climate-change skeptic or two. show more

  • 85
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    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. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

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

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

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

  • September 12, 2013 lc00000000164861
    Report This User

    What an incredible look at what we have done to ourselves and continue to do.. Very eye opening..

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