Matt of We Got This Covered wrote, "Overall, The Sunset Limited is a tough recommendation. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the film. I did. I’m just not sure that many others will feel the same. It’s a tricky film in that its subject material can turn people off from what is otherwise, a very well acted film. If you can get past the subject material and if you’re fine with watching two men debate for an hour and a half, then you’ll find a very powerful, engaging and well done film."