"The Return of Tanya Tucker is a fittingly unconventional portrait of a nonconformist."
— Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"This profoundly moving movie covers a different kind of success, as a great musician takes pains to make sure her idol receives some proper respect — the only currency that always matters."
— Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
"Mostly “The Return” is about listening to great music getting made by two women representing two generations of country music — Carlile is 41 — who genuinely seem to respect each other, and who have obvious talent."
— Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The documentary’s skillful use of archival footage connects us to Tucker’s extraordinary talent as a singer and her vibrance and magnetism as a performer, adding poignant context to the present-day scenes, showing her often faltering, trying to hide her vulnerability."
— Nell Minow, RogerEbert.com
"Throughout, Horan tactfully pulls from archival interviews and footage of the singer to mark her meteoric rise as a teenager in the 1970s; her tumultuous, tabloid-fodder, 1980s career; and her effective blackballing from the industry when she became too rock & roll and irreverent for country sensibilities."
— Doug Freeman, Austin Chronicle