Reviews are often overlooked when it comes to assignments. Perhaps this is because of how ubiquitous they are; we’ve come to take them for granted. But what reviews ask of writers is actually quite complex: they must convey enough background information, analyze this information along with any sort of performance that accompanies it, and then evaluate this performance against the perceived preferences and background of the audience. Moreover, as both writers and readers of reviews, we must take into consideration the often implicit criteria that go into evaluating something. This, in turn, gets us asking what makes a review persuasive or not.
Reviews are thus a worthy site for composition instruction in that they ask students to rhetorically examine what might otherwise be taken for granted.