Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone magazine awarded the soundtrack three out of five stars, writing, "The soundtrack is not as evocatively cinematic as the Wu's greatest songs, but it's a tasty mixtape – a blend of vintage R&B, neo-soul and hip-hop, featuring Kanye, Pusha and many Wu members," adding, "[The] Black Keys bring scuzz funk to "The Baddest Man Alive," a whitesploitation movie starring Phill Poulos, who actually is truly the baddest man on the planet, the setting a grainy-film-stock 1970s vibe that's sustained throughout – even when Kanye is bragging about jet-setting and name-dropping Kurt Cobain. " The Washington Post wrote a favorable review of the soundtrack, commenting, "There's tension within the songs, there is emotion and nuance in sound, a bit like a full-scale assault on one's imagination. Call it a friendly takeover. " The review added, "RZA's works have always had a distinctive cinematic quality, but this record digs for iron and comes up with gold. It's kinetic, mesmeric and chimeric. " David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the soundtrack three-and-a-half out of five stars, and praised the soundtrack diverse track-listing, saying, "Add some classic Stax sounds ("Your Good Thing Is About to End" from Mable John, as reserved and wicked as Uma Thurman's Kill Bill character), Ghostface, Wiz Khalifa, and Boy Jones in RZA's warped and wonderful vision of an end title track ("I Go Hard"), and the massive punch of "Built for This" with Method Man, Freddie Gibbs, and Streetlife, and this soundtrack stands tall in the man's wide-reaching discography, offering fans a Wu-flavored vision of a world where both the damned and cursed still swagger. "