Well, being one that ranks TPM at the bottom of my SW list all the time, I don't think it's fair. TPM for a SW movie is not great, but that's after 3 years of reflection (4?).
TPM had me pumped beforehand, I was extremely excited. I enjoyed the movie. I thought Jake Lloyd was not a great choice, but hey, the kid pulled it off and was suitably petulant in the role, something that carried over into the next movie and what I feel is important for the role. The Maul/Qui-Gon/Obi trifecta was wonderful. The effects were grand. It's only after reflection that I criticize the movie.
Let's see someone else fire up a movie/sequel 22 years after the original and make a great one. Not bloody likely.