Entertainment Weekly - 10/07/2005
"Roeg continued his obsession with gangly musicians by casting Art Garfunkel as an erotically tormented psychoanalyst in the multilayered and masochistic BAD TIMING." -- Grade: B+
USA Today - 10/07/2005
"[The film] holds up as one of director Nicolas Roeg's best....Russell is a powerhouse. This director-approved Panavision transfer is smashing, and the backdrop music is still tops."
Premiere - 11/01/2005 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[C]lassically tragic. Rich stuff, delivered with care..."
Total Film - 07/01/2007 3 stars out of 5 -- "Helmer Nic Roeg brings his fractured editing style and habitual intelligence to bear on this psycho-erotic thriller."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2007
"Three decades on, BAD TIMING...looks even more like a masterpiece....The whole film is a masterclass in associative editing."
Perhaps director Nicholas Roeg's most controversial film (quite a feat considering Roeg's other works), BAD TIMING is a tale of drugs, sex, and violence set amongst the beautiful old-world architecture of Vienna. The producers at the Rank Studio called the film "sick" and for many years it was made unavailable in any form at all. Utilizing the jumbled chronology he had experimented with in other films, Roeg introduces the viewer to Milena (Theresa Russell), who has tried to kill herself with an overdose of medication. She is accompanied to the hospital by psychologist Alex Lindon (Art Garfunkel), who admits to having a passionate and somewhat sordid love affair with her. Puritanical inspector Netusil (Harvey Keitel) suspects, however, that Lindon is less than forthcoming concerning his relationship with Milena. Roeg draws disturbing parallels between sex, obsession, and violence, all scored to a soundtrack featuring luminaries like Tom Waits, The Who, and Billie Holiday.