Revelations has received a mixed-to-favourable reception by critics.
In his retrospective review, Alex Ogg of AllMusic cited the album as "the epitome of the 'difficult third album syndrome'" which "manifests itself in [a] lack of cohesion and direction".Trouser Press wrote that the album "suffers from an uninvolving lethargy". Nick Lancaster of Drowned in Sound praised the album, calling it "a less individual work – record company pressures and an outside producer necessarily toning down the band's nihilistic excesses – but it's all the better for it." Christopher Gray of Austin Chronicle called it "faster" and "sleeker" than previous albums.Fact put the album at no. 11 on their list titled "20 Best: Goth Records Ever Made".