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