“Coming on the heels of the commercially and artistically successful Pump, the fitfully entertaining Get a Grip pales against its predecessor's musical diversity. But it’s not for lack of trying. In fact, Aerosmith try too hard, making a stab at social commentary (Livin’ on the Edge) while keeping adolescent fans in their corner with their trademark raunch-rock (Get a Grip and Eat the Rich), as well as having radio-ready hit ballads (Cryin’, Amazing, and Crazy)” (Erlewine).
“The problem is, it’s a studied performance – it sounds like what an Aerosmith album should sound like. Most of the album sounds good; it's just that there isn’t much beneath the surface” (Erlewine).