Views received generally positive reviews from critics, receiving anormalized metascore of 69 out of 100 on the review aggregate website Metacritic based on 23 critics. Alex Petridis of The Guardiangave the album 4 out of 5 stars saying, "The rapper’s latest album offers a lengthy inventory of miseries, cleverly offset by a sly sense of humour and eclectic sound. It is compelling evidence that this is the defining pop artist of the moment". He concludes with, "Views isn’t a perfect album – some judicious pruning of the less impactful tracks would make it more easily digestible, and there are certainly moments when you start to wish Drake would cast his gaze a little further afield than his own navel." Kitty Empire from the same gave the album a 4/5, saying, "As ever, though, the detail – both lyrical and producer Ely – is pin-sharp" Jon Caramanica of the New York Times said the album "finds Drake a conqueror between territories: fending off attacks from below, maintaining his grip on turf he controls and wondering what might be next," thought noting that "his emotional excavations aren’t as striking as they were a few years ago, when they had the sting of the new to them."
In a mixed review, the AV Club wrote that "Views can’t escape the sense that Drake’s done this before and done it better," describing the album as "too long and stubbornly low energy, nowhere near the knockout Drake’s been building it up to be since practically before he began recording it." In another mixed review of the album, Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph said, "Views genuinely makes for mesmerising listening, even if much of the album seems to consists of lazy meanders through Drake's psyche. Is it futile to wish someone so smart and talented would take his nose out of his own navel for long enough to say something about the exterior world?" Tiny Mix Tapes wrote that "for an artist so eager to entertain, so set on proving his superstar status in a fickle industry, he surprisingly doesn’t take any risks in order to do something truly different," characterizing the album as featuring a "glaring lack of consistency in lyrics, song ideas, and good humor." In a negative review for The Independent, Andy Gill wrote described the album as "utterly wearying, and unpersuasive," adding that "rarely has one man moaned quite so much about so little."