"Go Harder" was released digitally as the second single from Pluto on November 29, 2011 and impacted rhythmic contemporary radio on January 10, 2012.
The remix to "Magic" featuring T.I., was released as the album's third single on January 24, 2012. The music video for "Magic (Remix)" was released on January 31, 2012. This track was also included on his mixtape True Story. "Magic" peaked at number 69 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 10 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number 13 on the US Rap Songs charts. The song has since been certified gold by the RIAA.
"Same Damn Time" was sent to radio as the album's fourth single on March 24, 2012. The music video was released on April 4, 2012. This track was first included on his mixtape Streetz Calling. The remix to "Same Damn Time" was released on May 17, 2012, featuring Diddy and Ludacris. The music video for "Same Damn Time (Remix)" was released on July 22, 2012. The song peaked at number 92 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 12 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop and number 16 on the US Rap Songs charts.
The album's fifth single, "Turn On the Lights" was released on April 13, 2012. The song peaked at number 50 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 2 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, number 4 on the US Rap Songs chart and number one on the Heatseekers Songs charts, making it the album's most successful single to date. It was announced Future scored the number one spot on the Mediabase Urban Mainstream chart for his Mike WiLL-produced single, "Turn On the Lights". It's also his most successful song on the latter three charts, and his most successful single as a lead artist. The remix to "Turn On the Lights" featuring Lil Wayne. In April, Future received a plaque for his "Turn On the Lights" single going gold.
Pluto received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68, based on 10 reviews. David Jeffries of AllMusic called it "fat and redundant at 15 tracks, but it delivers whenever you desire that purple and woozy, Cudi-meets-Khalifa flavor", and wrote that "Future comes off as a memorable name in spite of his narrow style."Pitchfork Media's Jordan Sargent wrote that, "though it will sound instantly recognizable, his personality, voice, and skewed take on pop-rap make it instantly different." Andrew Nosnitsky of Spin called its songs "so well-defined" with "more advanced experiments" than Future's previous mixtapes and stated, "The more adventurous listener might wonder what he could accomplish if he broke free of his genre's gravitational pull entirely."
In a mixed review, Alex Macpherson of Fact found the album too conventional, calling it "template rap", and stated, "Both Future's drugged-out vocal style and the chintzy production, so arresting in isolation, become wearying". Evan Rytlewski of The A.V. Club called Pluto a "sporadically engrossing, frequently frustrating curiosity" and commented that it "is a more compelling listen than an album with so many atrocious lyrical turns has any right to be."MSN Music's Robert Christgau gave the album a two-star honorable mention, He cited "Turn On the Lights" and "Permanent Scar" as highlights and quipped, "The truth is, his Auto-Tunedflow has more future in it than his intermittently interplanetary rhymes".
Chris Richards of The Washington Post placed the album at number four on his list of the top-10 albums of 2012.The New York Times' Jon Caramanica included the album in his top-10 albums list, ranking it at number nine. Jody Rosen of Slate placed the album at number one on his top-20 albums list for 2012.Spin ranked the album number 11 on its list of 50 Best Albums of 2012. The album was listed 34th on Stereogum's list of top 50 albums of 2012.Consequence of Sound ranked the album number 36 on its list of top-50 albums of the year.Pitchfork Media placed the album at number 37 on its list of 50 Best Albums of 2012.