'I dunno, I just liked it more, I guess,' she answers.
'As the movie progressed, the situational humor in almost every scene left you waiting to see what would happen next and how it would play out in this long-distance love story.' She backs up her judgment of the criterion with evidence.
Now that you see how the criteria should be set up, let's talk about a couple of tools that can help make your evidence most effective.
One way to present evidence is to use comparison or contrast.
So, when talking about the characters in the movie, Samantha could compare them to common figures we run into in real life, like the high school jock or girl next door.
You'll notice in Samantha's new thesis, she not only tells you whether or not she thought it was a good movie, which was her overall judgment, she gives you some specific reasons, or criteria, why she thought it was a good movie.
This is key to the evaluative essay; it helps to focus your review.
So, how do we put these three elements to work to make an evaluative essay that says more than 'Because I said so'?
For starters, you will want to include four main components: your introduction, some background information, your criteria, and your conclusion.
You're kind of in the mood to laugh, but Gina thinks a scary movie would be fun.
Since you two can't seem to come to an agreement, you call your friend Samantha, a movie buff who's already seen both of them.