Travis Bruno of Capsule Computers writes:
"Usually when a movie is released for an anime that has already finished airing, fans of the series tend to be concerned about the property. This is because most movies are either simple recaps that do nothing to add to the story or are nothing more than simple spin-offs that offer little of value. However most of these movies are also produced for shōnen series, which makes Hanasaku Iroha the Movie: Home Sweet Home, a movie created two years after the ending of the series something quite different. Should fans of the series look forward to picking up the movie?"