Moria gives it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars and says, "Ginger Snaps is a film that brims with ideas, good characterisation and perverse humour..." 1000 Misspent Hours gives it 4 out of 5 stars and says, "through it all, Ginger Snaps is also the best damn werewolf movie since I don’t know when."
Slant Magazine gives it 4 out of 5 stars and calls it "One of the great teenage horror films". Empire Online concludes, "A monster movie with real guts, this may be an educationally uneasy watch for the teenage boy genre fanbase. Grrls, however, will love it." HorrorNews.net calls it "a “must see” horror film with plenty of Gothic overtones and werewolf flash."
DVD Talk calls it "One of only a small handful of good werewolf horror films" and the "rare werewolf horror film that actually works" and praises the lead actors. Weird Wild Realm says, "Nothing about the theme of Ginger Snaps (Teenage Girl Werewolf) promised a great movie, yet somehow this works far, far better than the subject matter could ever have lead one to expect" and concludes, "Anyone who overlooked this one because thematically it was just too, too Buffy -you should risk it after all; it won't be a disappointment."
Rotten Tomatoes gives it a critics score of 89%.