Chasing Ice

Movie review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Beautiful, affecting documentary about glacier retreat.

PG-13 2013 74 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 7+

Phenomenal documentary with powerful visuals for kids

This is one of my all-time favorite documentaries mainly because of the cutting edge cinematography - footage never before taken of glaciers moving and ice sheets calving. I showed it to my daughter for these images plus the stunning images of ice and icebergs and frozen landscapes and the fascinating story of the mountaineers placing and maintaining their cameras in crazy landscapes, but I ended up talking with my daughter about the science and discoveries related to climate change that the movie was intended to present in the first place. She was only 6 or 7 when I showed it to her and with a lot of movie pausing and talking, she got a lot out of it. I think it helped her to understand global warming in a more tangible way and she has a much deeper appreciation for the concept and our human relationship to it, which affects how she wants to live her life, essentially having more of a motivation to care about her impact on the planet. I do not think this movie needs to be avoided for younger kids at all as there is nothing offensive or scary in it. At a bare minimum, it will be one of the most amazing documentaries about our planet they will have seen.

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age 10+

Chasing Ice: Ok?

I believe that Chasing Ice is good for kids 11 and up. The reason for this is in the movie some people curse when they get upset. There are also some intense scenes where they are in difficult life/death situations.

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