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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Clayman, who co-directed with filmmaker friends, is fascinating company. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    An eye-opener about what it's like to live with a variety of mental illnesses, including obsessive-compulsive disorder -- and, however tenuously, to recover from them. show more

  • 65
    NPR

    Yet as viewers, we may instinctively crave more than what Clayman alone can offer us. Segments where he cedes screen time to others, including the bipolar General Hospital actor and mental-health advocate Maurice Benard, are a relief. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Through it all, Clayman struggles to keep himself, and OC87, on track - and it's easy to cheer his ultimate triumph. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    A tender, painful, and frustrating work of vulnerability, and because of this in some ways deflects critical commentary. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    The film's depiction of [Clayman's] reality is rendered with cinematic brio and forceful clarity. show more

  • 50
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    It's unclear where the buck stops in terms of creative authority – at one point, Clayman complains that "the only thing I feel in control of is the money" – which renders OC87 at once a remarkable achievement, and a fatally compromised film. show more

  • 80
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    The film brings us vividly inside the life - and head - of its determined hero, Bud Clayman, as he depicts the process of what he calls "getting normal." show more

  • 80
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    OC87 serves both its subject and its viewers well by chronicling a process that is actually insightful, entertaining and apparently successful. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    To be sure, there are more artful and focused documentaries, but OC87 still stands as moving evidence that Clayman's trust in the value of the filmmaking process ultimately outweighed the extreme difficulty he says he has making even the smallest decisions. show more

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