Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Underworld; the OTHER Sony franchise that pops out sequels faster than most women have children, is back, but this time in 3D. Kate Beckinsale dawns the super-tight black leather attire and the bad-ass vampire persona as the fearless Selene, but this time her enemies aren’t just the dirty old Lycans. This time it’s an extermination of all non-humans, led by powerful human forces. Fans of the original two films will be happy to know that Awakening returns to its gory, slow-mo roots with tons of Lycan slaying, explosions and little room for story improvement. It’s a step in the right direction after the Beckinsale-less prequel; Rise of the Lycans, but Awakening won’t be changing the minds of people that have passed the series off as just another popcorn inducing bloodbath."