Fearnet says, "The gialli are known for their stylish murder sequences, but Bloody Iris is light on the gore, leaning heavier on the sexual neuroses underlining the murders" and concludes,
Bloody Iris’ wry observations, unexpected bits of comedy, minimalist Bruno Nicolai score, and stellar, sexy cast make it a must-see. There’s fertile ground for a deeper reading of the film’s subtext if desired, but Carnimeo’s movie stands on its own as an inspired thriller.Eccentric Cinema calls it "a bizarre, stylish whodunit populated by a host of oddball characters and suspects." Horrorpedia has a detailed plot description and screen shots. Mysteryfile says, "First impression: Beautifully photographed in sharp, colorful detail from many clever and unusual angles – a visual delight, smashingly so" and calls it "a small masterpiece of its type". Rotten Tomatoes has no critics score but an audience rating of 62%.