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Bad Timing

HD   R

Nicolas Roeg

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About the Movie

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). When their all-consuming passion takes a life-threatening turn, Inspector Netusil (Harvey Keitel) is assigned to piece together the sordid details. Acclaimed for its innovative editing, raw performances, and stirring musical score—featuring Tom Waits, the Who, and Billie Holiday—Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing is a masterful, deeply disturbing foray into the dark world of sexual obsession.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Since the brief but fairly blunt sex scenes earned the movie an X rating anyway, it seems even more self-defeating to choose a leading man incapable of projecting a forceful sexuality. – Gary Arnold, Washington Post, May 10, 2017

Rotten: the film's real problem is Roeg's willingness to sacrifice the logic of situation and character to facile shock effects. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Feb 8, 2010

Fresh: Noirish, erotic, chaotic and intense, Bad Timing grows in complexity and emotional power as it progresses, with a wonderful soundtrack and some exceptional cinematography. – Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

what's not to like?

Spooky, weird, riveting… loved the actors/casting and the super dated look of everything. And no one can say it's unoriginal.

What a waste of money

I purchased this movie several months ago. I've made several attempts to watch it, but I haven't watched more than five to ten minutes. It's a terrible movie. After purchasing several "Criterion Collection" movies, I've learned to be cautious when purchasing new movies. But, like in this case, I fell for it and still regret and will more than likely never watch the whole movie. Also, like of Criterion movies, this one came with no Closed Captioning for the hearing impaired.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1980

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