Helmer John Luessenhop ("Takers") and a small army of scripters go back to the bloody roots of the long-running franchise to concoct a better-than-average horror-thriller that relies more on potent suspense than graphic savagery or stereoscopic tricks.
—Joe Leydon Variety
Ms. Daddario is adequate, while Mr. Eastwood, as a lawman, strikes sinister notes. It's nice to see briefly Marilyn Burns, the record-holder in long-distance screaming in Tobe Hooper's original 1974 "Texas Chain Saw Massacre," and Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the same.
—Andy Webster The New York Times
A sign of how desperate the series' producers have become is that the big twist here is that Leatherface, the slobby butcher-boy demon in his mask of human skin, is now...the good guy. (That's a ''jump the chainsaw'' concept if ever there was one.)
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
The original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" leaves audiences feeling hollowed out, dispirited and dissolute. Texas Chainsaw 3D is simply a bummer for being a big nothing.
—Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times
Unlike the restrained 1974 film which cleverly relied mainly on suggestion, this version piles on the graphic, often CGI-enhanced gore.
—Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter
Sadly, this leap onto the stereoscopic bandwagon marks a new low for the franchise, as far away in quality from the '74 original as it is in years.
—George Bass Total Film
A clunky, lumbering sequel that, like its masked protagonist, has no redeeming features.
—Kim Newman Empire
Texas Chainsaw 3D sees itself as over-the-top and knowing, but what we ultimately get is simply eyes without a face
—Joe Neumaier New York Daily News
All the makers of Texas Chainsaw 3D cared about was getting your $16.
—Wesley Morris Boston Globe
There's no deliberate Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2-style comedy to the film, just dim-witted gruesomeness retrofitted with gimmicky contemporary trappings.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine