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Chasing Ice captures the urgency of climate change while prevailing as entertainment, thanks the awe-inspiring scenery and James Balog's charisma. Read critic reviews

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James Balog and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey assemble a multiyear chronicle of the planet's rapidly melting glaciers.

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Critic Reviews for Chasing Ice

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (3)

  • True, there's no blood this time around, no gruesome images of dolphins dying, but it could be argued that the supernaturally beautiful images that Balog (and, by extension, Orlowski) captures are even more despairing and alarming...

    March 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [A] spectacular but depressing documentary.

    October 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • If seeing equals believing, then this film's documentation ought to sway the world. But daredevil heroes and sexy screen goddesses probably help the medicine go down.

    February 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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    January 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Is this about the hazards of global warming or the awesomeness of James Balog? Not entirely sure...

    December 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • If any film can convert the climate-change sceptics, Chasing Ice would be it: here, seeing really is believing.

    December 13, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 01, 2013
    Necessary, fascinating, and moving. I couldn't believe my eyes.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2013
    Photographer James Balog sets up cameras to document the disappearance of glaciers. Most documentaries about global warming and other such social problems take an alarmist stance and quickly become so over-bearing in their message that I find myself saying, "Yes, yes, we're all going to die. I understand. Ho hum." But the film's focus on the process of setting up the cameras and Balog's courageousness makes it more about the process than pounding depressing evidence into my head. Balog's photographs are striking. They're beautifully tragic, just as they are intended to be. Overall, this is a good documentary about an important social problem, and its strength is that it doesn't try to beat the shit out of any happiness you might still be able to muster.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2013
    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 world, as well as proof of why that world is worth preserving.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2013
    "Chasing Ice" is as visually stunning as it is socially enlightening. James Balog, an acclaimed photography, brings the best of both worlds into a documentary that highlights the indisputable facts about global warming, through the photographic proof of several glaciers, which have been around for thousands and thousands of years, that are melting and breaking off into the oceans at an alarming rate. The documentary not only takes you on an adventure as Balog attempts to plant over a dozen different cameras out in the Arctic elements to capture the photos, but it inspires social change with the immense cataclysmic change that our earth is undergoing at a rapid pace. Overwhelmed from most of the imagery, I had a strong connection with this film and could have looked at Balog's photography for much longer. One of the best documentaries of the year and of recent memory, also gaining an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song which surprising was performed by actress Scarlett Johansson.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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