OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie Reviews

  • This moving, penetrating documentary records his attempt to describe his conditions, confront them and learn to manage them.

    Andy Webster — New York Times

  • 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.

    Benjamin Mercer — Village Voice

  • Clayman, who co-directed with filmmaker friends, is fascinating company. The camera allows a necessary distance for him, as evidenced by the ladies who sit with him at a speed-dating session. They don't get him, but he's not the one missing out.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It feels like a journey of self-discovery; Clayman constantly reminds us of how difficult that journey is.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • [An] engaging mix of diaristic, interview-based and whimsical elements.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

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

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Poignant and personal doc brings filmmaker's mental illness into focus.

    John DeFore — Hollywood Reporter

  • 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."

    Gary Goldstein — Los Angeles Times

  • At once a remarkable achievement, and a fatally compromised film.

    Kimberley Jones — Austin Chronicle

  • A work of advocacy, no doubt. But it transcends those parameters, and the condescension such a description connotes, connecting Clayman's struggles to the outside world in smart fashion.

    Brent Simon — Shared Darkness

  • Just because we hope for someone's therapy to succeed doesn't mean that we want to sit in on every session.

    Josh Bell — Las Vegas Weekly

  • Illustration is the best example of his condition, and it shows that it is just that - a condition, not the defining element of his personality.

    Fred Topel — CraveOnline

  • A warts-and-all biopic about a cautious, creative genius burdened by a vivid imagination apt to take superstitions like 'Step on a crack and you break your mother's back' very seriously.

    Kam Williams — AALBC.com

  • Stunning example of the redemptive power of art. Despite his considerable disabilities, the subject of this documentary understands what goes into a powerful film. Raw, honest, and engaging, it is the definitive account of what "madness" is about.

    Louis Proyect — rec.arts.movies.reviews

  • There are many moments where Clayman's experience speaks to something universal, but other details feel too private, too specific, for our eyes.

    Andrew Lapin — NPR

  • Insightful look into the world of the mentally disturbed-by a filmmaker who is also his own subject.

    Eric Monder — Film Journal International

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

    Kalvin Henely — Slant Magazine

  • Rendered with cinematic brio and forceful clarity.

    Andrew Schenker — Time Out

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