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OC87 serves both its subject and its viewers well by chronicling a process that is actually insightful, entertaining and apparently successful. Read full review
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." Read full review
Through it all, Clayman struggles to keep himself, and OC87, on track - and it's easy to cheer his ultimate triumph.
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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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
A tender, painful, and frustrating work of vulnerability, and because of this in some ways deflects critical commentary. Read full review
Clayman, who co-directed with filmmaker friends, is fascinating company.
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The film's depiction of [Clayman's] reality is rendered with cinematic brio and forceful clarity. Read full review
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. Read full review
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