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Pin Cushion

Inseparable mother-daughter duo Lyn and Iona are excited for a fresh start in a new town. When things don't start well, Iona decides to branch out, becoming "best friends" with some girls at school. In response, Lyn tries to branch out herself, but, for both of them, change doesn't come so easily...
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The Playlist by

Haywood brilliantly subverts her audience’s expectations at every step of the way. She introduces characters as tropes and steers them into the opposite direction.
70

Variety by Guy Lodge

Cinematically, Pin Cushion goes all in on a heightened, macramé-and-macaroons aesthetic that occasionally smothers the rawer nerves of its storytelling.
80

Empire by Ian Freer

Uneven in places, Pin Cushion nonetheless offers a moving meditation on what it feels like to be different, elevated by great work from Joanna Scanlan and newcomer Lily Newmark.
75

The A.V. Club by Katie Rife

Pin Cushion is as quirky and as prickly as its title, an unclassifiable dramedy about bullying and mother-daughter relationships that proposes that mean-girl behavior doesn’t go away after high school.
70

Los Angeles Times by Katie Walsh

Scanlan is stunning as the odd but fiercely loving Lyn. She regards Iona warily, knowingly, seeing into her future and what she’s walking into, but with no way to stop it.
70

Village Voice by Serena Donadoni

Pin Cushion has the visual cues of comedy, with its candy-colored kitsch and exaggerated signifiers of eccentricity and snobbery, but at heart, it’s a tragedy of naïveté.

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