Spacelab writer Corey Tate reviewed The Terror, saying "The Terror takes the awesomely big Flaming Lips persona and moves it firmly into new and more experimental territory ... they've moved to the dark side. It's not a downer, either ... they haven't removed any of the elements that made their music great over the years. The Terror is built on similar foundations to Yoshimi, The Soft Bulletin, any of the classics. The filter is different though, they've portrayed it in a completely different way." Read the whole review.