In the context of the arts, a critique is a critical review of a piece of work. Some creatives confuse critique with workshop or collaboration. While they may have some elements in common, and all three can be useful tools in making a piece better, they are different beasts.
While each critic may approach the art of giving critique a bit differently, it’s important to note the secret to a good critique is honesty, not hand-holding. Critiques are intended not to give praise or commendation, but to shine light on areas which need improvement. They can address the big picture, the minute details, or something in between, but the best ones deal with objective rather than subjective points.