A critique essay is your personal evaluation of written works, artwork, movies, plays, music, TV shows, public presentations, digital media or other forms of artistic expression. You should use credible references to support your review, but most of the analysis is your personal assessment of the work. A critique essay focuses on both the positives and negatives of a particular text or visual presentation. Your goal is to critique the work without showing favoritism or bias toward the author, creator or subject matter, and to provide a thorough examination of the work.
Take notes as you read the text or examine the work. If it's a written piece, such as a transcript, book, poem or essay, make a copy so you can write on it. For example, you might highlight sentences that bring up questions, underline phrases that catch your attention or make comments in the margins. If you can't write on the document, take notes on a separate piece of paper and provide details, such as page numbers and paragraphs, so you have reference points once you start writing. Notes will help you organize your thoughts, and they'll reduce the amount of time you spend re-reading and re-examining the material. The quality of the work often determines whether your critique has a positive or a negative slant.