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2012 3.0/5 PG-13 SuperHD 75 minutes

Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a multiyear record of the world's changing glaciers.

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Directed by Jeff Orlowski

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Language: English

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  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Music Song nominee 2013
NYT Critics' Pick: Documenting the Melt, and We Are the Cause

“Chasing Ice” documents the work of James Balog, who aims to illustrate the effects of global warming. — Neil Genzlinger Read the review

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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.

Trevor Johnston, Time Out, 2012-12-11


The most important documentary of the year.

Tom Long, Detroit News, 2012-12-07


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

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012-12-06


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.

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 2012-12-05


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.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2012-11-30


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.

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 2012-11-22


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

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2012-11-16


"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.

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2012-11-16


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.

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2012-11-15


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

Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2012-11-15


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.

Alison Willmore, AV Club, 2012-11-15


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

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2012-11-15


Terribly, chillingly important.

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2012-11-09


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

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2012-11-09


As watchable as it is important.

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 2012-11-08


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

Mark Jenkins, NPR, 2012-11-08


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

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2012-11-08


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.

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2012-11-08


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

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2012-11-23