Senses of Cinema says, "Autumn Tale is practically flawless; a musical and lyrical exploration of middle-age life." Empire Online says the director "has found a fresh spin on old obsessions -the pursuit of romance, the differences between the sexes- turning in a sprightly, hugely enjoyable treat that renders many of his younger counterparts leaden by comparison."
CNN says, "There's a sensuality to Rohmer's films that informs even the most mundane situations, and his vital take on the complexities of modern love never reveals the advanced age of the man behind the camera.... Rohmer's films are like lazy afternoons, but the director always keeps it interesting." The Telegraph calls it "playful". Boston Review says it "finds a world of beauty in the lives of women."
Roger Ebert gives it 4 out of 4 stars and says this of the director:
His movies are about love, chance, life and coincidence; he creates plots that unfold in a series of delights, surprises and reversals. When there is a happy ending, it arrives as a relief, even a deliverance, for characters who spend much of the movie on the very edge of missing out on their chances for happiness.Rotten Tomatoes gives it a critics score of 94%.