Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jun 8, 2012
    OC87 serves both its subject and its viewers well by chronicling a process that is actually insightful, entertaining and apparently successful.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jun 7, 2012
    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."
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 25, 2012
    Through it all, Clayman struggles to keep himself, and OC87, on track - and it's easy to cheer his ultimate triumph.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jun 8, 2012
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    May 24, 2012
    This moving, penetrating documentary records his attempt to describe his conditions, confront them and learn to manage them.
  6. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    May 23, 2012
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    May 29, 2012
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    May 24, 2012
    A tender, painful, and frustrating work of vulnerability, and because of this in some ways deflects critical commentary.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 24, 2012
    Clayman, who co-directed with filmmaker friends, is fascinating company.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    May 23, 2012
    The film's depiction of [Clayman's] reality is rendered with cinematic brio and forceful clarity.
  11. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 13, 2012
    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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