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1,014 Ratings

Bad Timing

Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession

Directed by Nicolas Roeg
United Kingdom, 1980
Drama

Synopsis

Amid the decaying elegance of cold-war Vienna, psychoanalyst Dr. Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel) becomes mired in an erotically charged affair with the elusive Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell) in Nicolas Roeg’s masterful, deeply disturbing foray into the dark world of sexual obsession.

Bad Timing Directed by Nicolas Roeg

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

1980

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

2003

San Francisco International Film Festival

1980

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

2005

What are people saying?

  • Phil Worfel's rating of the film Bad Timing

    It's Roeg so its going to be interesting in the execution but at no point could I find a point of entry for the characters. Obsession needs to strike a chord in order to be relevant and yet I found myself at a distant remove all the way through the film despite my interest in the subject matter. Really showcases how awful Garfunkel is as an actor and that Carnal Knowledge simply played on his inherent blandness.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Bad Timing

    Resolved: all love is necrophilia. Also: identity is a can of snakes. Like most of Roeg's films from this period, Bad Timing never entirely shakes its own shakiness, tilting at times towards self-parody and piling on arguably facile allusions -- I'm thinking of the Bowles-ian interlude in particular -- but there's no denying the cumulative power with which it brings love's depredations to tortured, tangled life.

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Bad Timing

    Fascinating and engrossing relationship drama from director Nicolas Roeg. The disjointed plot is sometimes murky, but the strong characters and elegant performances pull it through - and Roeg's florid camerawork and editing create an exhilarating energy. It can be melodramatic at times, and it does lose some steam in the second half, but this is a very interesting look at sexual psychology.

  • L.A.™'s rating of the film Bad Timing

    What makes this film work for me is Art Garfunkel. A fine turn as a naive obsessed man. Theresa Russell aso anchors the film really well. Roeg shows us his depth touch at capturing people and all their misery! A fine film with an excellent Harvey Keitel in a supporting role!

  • Patrick Sheard's rating of the film Bad Timing

    Possibly Roeg's most intelligent piece, but unfortunately his most dull too. The exploration of the relationships between the id, ego and super-ego spark endless intrigue. If only Roeg had delivered on the films most superficial layer, this would have been my favourite of his so far. Sadly I've discovered this to be a trend with Roeg's films; riveting but tiresome.

  • A47's rating of the film Bad Timing

    Psychological whore-or. What a GREAT score. A bit understructured in the second act. Unique story and powerful characters. Right up there with Carnal Knowledge but here the character is dishonest with himself to the very end. Nice use of small objects to tell story. Why does this take place in Vienna?

  • Hugo Resendiz Saldivar's rating of the film Bad Timing

    Un muy punto de vista diferente sobre las relaciones co-dependientes, me gusto mucho como el que tiene el control se vuelve el que reacciona de manera mas animal, es la persona intachable la que puede llegar a actuar mas despiadadamente, creo que es un buen clímax en la historia. En general es una película algo lenta. No sabia que Art Garfunkel fuera actor, creo que fue debut y despedida.

  • Natalie Guevara's rating of the film Bad Timing

    Theresa Russell beats Nastassja Kinski for title of Natalie Guevara's favorite on-screen broad, ever: a 20-year-old just shouldn't move like that. This movie is so terrifying, I gave it to Rome as an Easter gift, paired with a chocolate bar.

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