TPM is easily the worst of the SW movies. Its only redeeming values are as follows:
1.) It sets up the next two movies
2.) Introduces Qui-Gon and Maul
3.) Has one of the best lightsaber fights of all six movies with Maul fighting two Jedi
I don't hate E1, but I do find it really boring through most of the movie. I'm sure Jar Jar and the pod race are fun for some kids, but I can barely stay awake through the whole race. I was okay with Jake's performance as a young Anakin, but way too many plot stinkers for my liking (only one TF control ship left to guard the planet? Anakin accidentally launches into space then accidentally blows up the droid control ship by accidentally flying into it and accidentally launching missiles? That's more ridiculous than Greedo shooting first.