Pin Cushion Reviews

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March 8, 2019
A dark fairy-tale, Pin Cushion is at once a wickedly funny and a deeply emotional experience
February 20, 2019
British writer-director Deborah Haywood makes her feature film debut with a heartbreaking story that features devastating performances by Joanna Scanlan and Lily Newmark.
February 20, 2019
Despite its dreamlike qualities, as the film progresses, both Pin Cushion and Haywood show their teeth. Bullying, sexuality, ostracisation, and the social other are themes which Pin Cushion explores to an unnerving and violent end.
September 15, 2018
Subtly evoking DePalma's Carrie and Mean Girls, the film explores not only the evolving relationship between mothers and daughters, but also the perilous world of high school female friendships, popularity and the pressure to fit in.
August 22, 2018
Pin Cushion encapsulates the wickedness of teenage girls horrifyingly accurately. A story of broken bonds, bullying, tenderness and cruelty, this film takes the emotions on an almighty journey, breaking your heart in the most beautiful way.
August 20, 2018
It is refreshing to see a film that doesn't take the easy route but holds its nerve right until the very end.
August 6, 2018
...dark, weird, uncomfortable, sad, and occasionally dangerous.
July 27, 2018
An equally tragic and funny, magical realism and coming-of-age story, odd and creatively refreshing. It is a film unlike anything we've seen before and deserving of our attention.
July 21, 2018
... overdoses on quirks and relies on thin supporting characters, then adds a shocking twist at the end that's never fully earned.
July 20, 2018
Writer-director Deborah Haywood makes her feature directorial debut with the surreal and whimsical mother-daughter nightmare Pin Cushion, driven by a singular vision and masterful control of a unique tone, which tiptoes the line of beauty and terror.
July 20, 2018
For sheer distinctiveness of vision, and for the visceral portrayal of how it feels to be bullied, first time director Deborah Haywood deserves plaudits, as do her two lead actresses. It will be interesting to see what she comes up with next.
July 19, 2018
Haywood's formidable first feature is at once a ruthless dissection of cruelty, capturing the relentless torment of outcasts for the pleasure of self-styled superiors, and a warm evocation of an interdependent mother-daughter bond.
July 19, 2018
Doesn't take it easy on the viewer, but there's plenty here to admire, including two sharp performances gracefully interpreting a slow descent into parental and teenager Hell.
July 19, 2018
The performances and Haywood's detailed images give intensity to the story's pessimistic vision of life, but it's still pretty facile.
July 19, 2018
It's not always an easy watch but it's a sensitive, assured film with characters you'll warm to and root for.
July 19, 2018
Haywood digs into her own teenage memories and unearths something eccentric, tragic and utterly unclassifiable.
July 16, 2018
Haywood's strengths as a director don't translate to her writing abilities. Pin Cushion is about cruelty above all else, to the exclusion of characterizations.
July 16, 2018
Two compelling central performances shine a light on a difficult relationship between one family and the rest of the world. The screenplay could have benefited from being a touch less predictable.
July 15, 2018
The film is like a cross between a crocheted bunny and a nail bomb.
July 13, 2018
The film will no doubt be too quirky for some and too disturbing for others, but it's a finely crafted, bold and inventive piece of work.
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