Another word for critical
Capable of observing and judging
Inclined to adverse criticism
faultfinding, captious, censorious, hypercritical, inclined to judge with severity, caviling, carping, derogatory, disapproving, judgmental, severe, withering, calumniatory, demanding, satirical, cynical, hairsplitting, quibbling, nitpicking, nagging, scolding, condemning, censuring, reproachful, disparaging, exacting, sharp, cutting, biting, fussy, picky*; see also sarcastic, severe 1.
Antonyms praising, flattering, encouraging.
critical may imply an attempt at objective judging so as to determine both merits and faults a critical review, but it often (and hypercritical, always) connotes emphasis on the faults or shortcomings; faultfinding implies a habitual or unreasonable emphasis on faults or defects; captious suggests a characteristic tendency to find fault with, or argue about, even the pettiest details a captious critic; caviling stresses the raising of quibbling objections on the most trivial points a caviling grammarian; carping suggests peevishness, perversity, or censoriousness in seeking out faults See also syn. study at acute.
Another word for criticaladjective
Inclined to judge too severely:captious, carping, censorious, faultfinding, hypercritical, overcritical. See praise
Characterized by careful and exact evaluation:discerning, discriminating. See careful, value
So serious as to be at the point of crisis or necessary to resolve a crisis:acute, climacteric, crucial, desperate, dire. See safety