Alex Henderson of AllMusic gave the album 3 stars out of 5, calling it "a respectable and satisfying effort".Alan Light of Rolling Stone wrote, "Cool Hand Lōc includes several love songs, which are rescued from sappiness by Loc's seductive, slow-rolling delivery; these are balanced by a couple of Ice-T-style gangsta tales". James Bernard of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Tone-Loc has a lot to prove and Cool Hand Lōc aches with this need. As raspy as ever, Loc tries to break from his party-party image and convince us that he's a product of the concrete jungle (as on the engaging, bouncy "Funky West Side") and a hustler to boot (as on the lackluster "Pimp Without a Caddy"). "Fatal Attraction" recaptures the playful storytelling and catchy hooks of "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina". But there's not much else that promises to reclaim what Loc once had: The two slow love jams he throws in will neither enhance his street image nor make an R&B-flavored romantic rapper like Heavy D".