80

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
OC87 serves both its subject and its viewers well by chronicling a process that is actually insightful, entertaining and apparently successful.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
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."
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
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.
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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.
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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.
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63

Slant Magazine

A tender, painful, and frustrating work of vulnerability, and because of this in some ways deflects critical commentary.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Clayman, who co-directed with filmmaker friends, is fascinating company.
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60

Time Out New York

The film's depiction of [Clayman's] reality is rendered with cinematic brio and forceful clarity.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Kimberley Jones
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.
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66 out of 100
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