Entertainment Weekly: "This video is AHHHHHMAZING. There are more wardrobe changes than a Mariah Carey-episode of Cribs. The choreography incorporates elements of “Thriller” and the Twist. And I don’t think Gaga has ever looked prettier than in the close-ups where she’s more stripped down. On the flip side, I love those crazy dilated pupils she sports for much of the video."
E!: "In the past, we've found her relentless ploys for attention pretty exhausting, but this music video really makes us appreciate everything Gaga actually brings to pop music. She's exciting to watch, plain and simple. Sure, her theatrics might cause a few eye-rolls, and she definitely isn't breaking any pop music conventions, but while Britney's out there making the same old boring video, we need someone like Gaga to really bring it. To put actual thought and care into her product so that it feels alive."
MTV: "So what's so great about this video? Well, of course there's the costuming and the choreography, the sly nods to Anubis Airlines from "True Blood", but aside from that, there are the scenes where we get to see the real Gaga: stripped of her makeup (and her clothes), she sings directly to the camera, a single tear trickling down her face. It's a disarming moment, a glimpse at the woman shed of her outer layers … a Gaga we rarely get to see."
Rolling Stone: "Just one album into her career, Lady Gaga has established herself as someone impervious to predictions — especially in the music video department. And the video for her first Fame Monster single, "Bad Romance," has Gaga providing fans with perhaps her craziest, brightest canvas yet. A collaboration between director Frances Lawrence and the Haus of Gaga "Bad Romance" finds Gaga simultaneously paying homage visually to Kubrick and lyrically to Hitchcock, all while dressed in some of the most outrageous outfits she’s ever worn (and that’s saying a lot)."