Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 8, 2012
    100
    This amazingly beautiful, and amazingly frightening, documentary captures the immediacy of what climate change is doing to the Arctic landscape.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 8, 2012
    90
    The film doesn't just serve up Mr. Balog's amazing and undeniably convincing imagery. It also records his personal struggles as knee problems threaten his ability to hike the difficult terrain to get the shots he wants.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Nov 8, 2012
    85
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 5, 2012
    83
    When we finally see the time-lapse images his cameras took, they're awesome and terrifying - a meltdown out of a poetic horror film.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 13, 2013
    5
    Visually amazing, but I just kept waiting for the science to come into the movie and it never did. Saw it in Boulder with James Balog inVisually amazing, but I just kept waiting for the science to come into the movie and it never did. Saw it in Boulder with James Balog in attendance and the only thing I got out of his comments was how proud of himself he was. Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    There is no doubt this film is beautiful and powerful. It offers both irrefutable visual evidence of melting glaciers and a brief butThere is no doubt this film is beautiful and powerful. It offers both irrefutable visual evidence of melting glaciers and a brief but impressive bio of National Geographic photographer James Balog. But the focus is blurred when, for example, we balance a global crisis with Balog's ailing knee. The film might have offered a single solution over a non-compliant-patient subplot. That said, it's still worth the price of admission for the photography alone. Full Review »
  3. Jan 10, 2015
    9
    An issue that concerns all humans, fantastic images, and a portrait of a determined achiever. There's even a few dramatic moments related toAn issue that concerns all humans, fantastic images, and a portrait of a determined achiever. There's even a few dramatic moments related to the quest for photographies. Highly recommended! Full Review »