Chasing Ice Reviews


San Francisco Chronicle
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January 22, 2013

Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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December 11, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Long
Detroit News
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December 7, 2012

The most important documentary of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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December 6, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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December 5, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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November 30, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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November 23, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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November 22, 2012

Though the filmmaker's point of view on the matter seems quite clear, Orlowski does smartly acknowledge counterarguments against climate change without dwelling on them.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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November 16, 2012

You couldn't ask for a more dramatic moment than the climactic sequence.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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November 16, 2012

"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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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November 15, 2012

The photography is often beautiful (the blue glaciers sparkle in the sun like massive sapphires), but it's disturbing - and sure to convince any climate-change doubters.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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November 15, 2012

As much as one may intellectually believe in climate change, to see it actually happening has the power to stun a viewer into wordlessness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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November 15, 2012

Provides a memorable bookend to accompanying shots of storms, fires, and floods from the last few years, ones that resonate urgently with the recent Hurricane Sandy damage still in the news.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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November 15, 2012

The "green" teams looking into such energy sources as solar, wind and nuclear are often ridiculed. Watch "Chasing Ice" and see if you laugh.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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November 9, 2012

Terribly, chillingly important.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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November 9, 2012

The last words, four and simple, rightly belong to Balog: "You can't deny it." No doubt - the iceman cometh.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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November 8, 2012

As watchable as it is important.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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November 8, 2012

What sustains the film are neither words nor music but spectacular images of places few people have ever seen.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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November 8, 2012

You won't want to look away - not only because of the gorgeous images, but also because of the reality it presents.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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November 8, 2012

Considering the gravity of the situation there is very little preaching in Chasing Ice. Facts about global warming are presented then backed up with staggering visuals. An audience is invited to accept it as proof, or not.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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November 7, 2012

Jeff Orlowski's beautiful yet sobering documentary about the world's rapidly melting ice caps.

Justin Chang
Variety
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January 30, 2012

The case for climate change is mounted in visually breathtaking yet conventional fashion in Chasing Ice.

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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January 26, 2012

Doc about photographing glaciers makes a compelling environmental case without sacrificing beauty.