Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Saturday Night Wrist proves yet again that Deftones have a corner on the transcendental-metal market. [Dec 2006, p.192]
  2. If you’ve even the slightest interest in ‘heavy’ music, you simply must make Saturday Night Wrist an integral part of your record collection.
  3. The album is mostly a heady, atmospheric, willfully too-difficult-for-radio wash of sound that, save for a handful of tracks, stretches out and explores Deftones' creative limits more than ever before.
  4. Wrist is yet another excellent record from mainstream hard rock's only real hope.
  5. Boasts some of the Deftones' best out-and-out metal tunes to date. [3 Nov 2006, p.76]
  6. ['Wrist'] sees [Deftones] continue to explore that hazy hinterland, where The Smiths' sensitivity and Sepultura's sledgehammer riffs overlap. [28 Oct 2006, p.35]
  7. Ultimately, Saturday Night Wrist is satisfying, though it may take a few listens given all the changes in individual cuts that tend to blur together the first time or two through.
  8. The songwriting never quite comes together, but this is a metal record that gets by as much on sonic tricks as monster riffs.
  9. Features the kind of envelope-pushing fans have come to expect.
  10. After a long apprenticeship, Deftones have started to sound like their own band: one that seesaws between agonized crooning and hard-rock attack, within songs as well as through albums. [30 Oct 2006]
  11. Their most well-rounded, focused record yet, one that comes scarily close to besting White Pony while heading in a slightly different direction at the same time.
  12. Saturday Night Wrist continues the Deftones’ sad trend, another album of scattered transcendent moments in a field of attention-getting parlour tricks, still eagerly tugging at the listener’s sleeve to say, "Listen to this sound we created!"
  13. 60
    A record that feels massive without tipping into bombast. [Nov 2006, p.106]
  14. 60
    The Deftones' fifth album turns the dial to "statesmen." [Dec 2006, p.172]
  15. 60
    A sideways step in the right direction. [Nov 2006, p.97]
  16. For most of "Saturday Night Wrist," Deftones contentedly let their instruments wander, inventing a meandering soundscape that broods in near darkness. [4 Nov 2006]
  17. When the Deftones are successful, they seem to slow down time, expanding on floating moments of doubt and mystery. When they’re not busy getting bogged down in all those mini-moments, dragging the album through dread patches of sluggishness that is.
  18. There's little of the fire and invention that characterised 2000's White Pony. [Nov 2006, p.140]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. ColinD
    Nov 1, 2006
    Truely a amazing work of artistic structure and brilliance. This entire record is playing at my funeral when my time is done.
  2. Jul 8, 2012
    it's everything you could ask for in a Deftones album, and more. their music perfectly blends alternative metal with shoegaze, creating a new experience and an altogether enjoyable experimentation. my only complaint would be the track "Pink Cellphone" and their choice of spoken word; i often end up skipping that track altogether in my regular playthroughs. Full Review »
  3. Feb 20, 2012
    More auto-pilot than its predecessor, SNW feels more empty and less dense than it should do, with 'Cherry Waves' and 'Combat' trying to elevate this into something a lot more vocal driven. Unfortunately this album struggles to connect in a way which their others did. Deftones are at a crossroads here in which direction to head next...and it shows. Full Review »