Can't Wait All Night marked the end of Newton's run on the pop charts, as it contains her last two songs to date to chart on the Billboard Hot 100: "A Little Love", which peaked at #44, and the edgy Bryan Adams-written and produced title track, which peaked at #66. Both songs were aided by popular music videos. The former is also Newton's most recent Top 10 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at #7. Her next album, Old Flame, would mark Newton's return full-force to the country music charts.
Jim Allen of AllMusic retrospectively gave the album two out of five stars and wrote that "In the wake of Juice Newton's massive success with her country-pop sound in the early 1980s, she started fiddling with the formula" adding that "while the experimentation process failed to keep her in the charts, it did send her down some different stylistic routes, like the glossy, rock-tinged sound of the album's lead-off cut, "A Little Love," which was the closest thing to a hit on the album."