S: So what's this thing, critique?
L: Well, a critique, or an evaluation, requires you to take an object of study – it might be a book or a film, or a piece of equipment – and then to describe it, but also to evaluate it, to say what its strengths and weaknesses are. But from the perspective of your discipline.
S: So I don't just say all the things that are wrong with it?
L: Oh, no. You have to say things that are right with it, too, what it's good for and how it functions.
S: OK. So it's sort of, a balance.
L: Yes, very much so.
S: OK. Thanks.