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Bad Timing

Bad Timing (1980)

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Psychiatrist Alex (Art Garfunkel) becomes sexually obsessed with Milena (Theresa Russell), a woman whom he meets at a party. The pair become involved in an intense and mutually destructive love affair. The drama unfolds in a series of flashbacks, as Alex tells his story to police Inspector Netusil (Harvey Keitel) who is investigating Milena's apparent suicide attempt. Alex's obsession grows, but Milena stays slightly out of reach. Originally rated X, but somewhat toned down to accommodate an R

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Mystery & Suspense

Sep 27, 2005

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (2) | DVD (10)

the film's real problem is Roeg's willingness to sacrifice the logic of situation and character to facile shock effects.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Noirish, erotic, chaotic and intense, Bad Timing grows in complexity and emotional power as it progresses, with a wonderful soundtrack and some exceptional cinematography.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Sometimes you want what's bad for you; you can't help it.

February 17, 2006 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Exemplifies the rich, acquired taste of the Roeg film.

October 9, 2005
Groucho Reviews

an experimental curiosity at best

September 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Wonderfully directed by Roeg with good performances from Harvey Keitel.and Theresa Russell. I'm not a huge fan of Art Garfunkel.
October 27, 2011
Graham Jones

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Bad Timing is not an easy film, but one that rewards effort. Art Garfunkel joins the line (Jagger, Bowie) of singers who produced career best acting performances for this director - the scene of him smoking while staring over a bridge into the abyss of his life is worth buying the dvd alone - and Theresa Russell is simply incendiary. The story is a relatively simple one of how two people who should never have got together become obsessed with each other, but is told in Nicolas Roeg's fluid, labyrinthine style with flashes back and forward and disconcerting edits. The sexual content is extreme for some tastes, but raw and painfully honest in a way which defies simple titillation. Intense work from one of the giants of British and world cinema, now sadly neglected, and one of a string of great films, Performance, Walkabout, Don't Look Now and The Man Who Fell to Earth which mark Nicolas Roeg out as a great director.
February 10, 2011
matertenebraum

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An incredible experience. Roeg's last masterpiece after a phenomenal run charts a sensual love story from start to finish and the two parties' futile attempts to recreate their lust for one another after a massive split. Garfunkel and Russell are prefect, and embody the obsessed lovers with devastating emotional impact. The tale is told in an inventive and unorthodox style, flitting back and forth throughout the relationship, highlighting each other's paranoia and pursuit of sexual satisfaction. Harvey Kietel gives great support, and the third act's a belter. The soundtrack is essential as well.
I consider this a large influence on Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, which is in itself ace, but this earlier effort is just as worthy, and is definately more unsettling. Experience.
October 19, 2010
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