The You Made Me Realise EP has been very well-received critically.
Spin magazine called the record "astonishing".AllMusic wrote that the EP "made critics stand up and take notice of the brilliant things My Bloody Valentine were up to; it developed some of the stunning guitar sounds that would become the band's trademark, and features tracks which are just as innovative."
In 2005, Stylus Magazine ranked the title song's bassline at number 24 in their list of the "Top 50 Basslines of All Time".
During live performances the band would repeat a single chord from the song for as long as they felt bearable, the song descending into cacophony. This is sometimes referred to as the "holocaust section", and usually lasted about 15 minutes, although there are reports of shows where it went on for well over half an hour. For the 2008–09 reunion shows, "You Made Me Realise" brought each show to an ear-splitting conclusion, reaching up to 130 dB.