Thom Jurek from Allmusic wrote "These seven tunes (five are over ten minutes) reflect some of Corea's richest writing and arranging in years." He praises the band as exciting "as much for its potential as for the multifaceted talent the group members put on display here". John Kelman of All About Jazz comments "The Vigil is certainly Corea's best electric album in decades,..., he's not made a single recording of new material anything like The Vigil in decades". John Fordham of the Guardian wrote "Pianist Chick Corea, now 71, sounds on scintillating form here (...). The title apparently represents the vigil of jazz's elder statespersons in cherishing their pasts – but this unexpectedly full-on set is all about celebrating and reinventing, not polishing silverware." Steve Greenlee from Jazz Times stated "This is, in fact, the most exciting music Corea has released in many years, and it features the most virile new writing that Corea has offered in a quarter-century (or more)." Hernan Campbell from Sputnikmusic summarized his review "He's like a mad scientist at work in this album, combining the elements that made his previous albums so enthralling (...) and breathes life to a new embodiment of masterful ingenuity."