Worst to Best Star Wars Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

We count down all Star Wars movies according to their Tomatometer scores. Does any of the prequels stack up to the original trilogy? Can you guess which movie has the highest score? Read through to find out.


Adjusted Score: 23.848%
Critics Consensus: Mechanical animation and a less-than stellar script make The Clone Wars a pale shadow of George Lucas' once great franchise.
Synopsis: "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" showcases an entirely new look and feel to the galaxy far, far away--combining the expansive... [More]
Directed By: Dave Filoni

Adjusted Score: 65.25%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
Synopsis: In 1977, George Lucas released Star Wars, the ultimate sci-fi popcorn flick-turned-pop-culture myth machine. It quickly became the biggest money-making... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

Adjusted Score: 73.056%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although they're once again undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: The second prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy takes place ten years after the events depicted in Star Wars:... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

Adjusted Score: 88.387%
Critics Consensus: Though failing to reach the cinematic heights of its predecessors, Return of the Jedi remains an entertaining sci-fi adventure and a fitting end to the classic trilogy.
Synopsis: In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star... [More]
Directed By: Richard Marquand

Adjusted Score: 88.631%
Critics Consensus: With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.
Synopsis: George Lucas draws the Star Wars film series to a close with this dark sci-fi adventure which sets the stage... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

Adjusted Score: 107.897%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.
Synopsis: The Star Wars saga continues with this seventh entry -- the first under the Walt Disney Co. umbrella. The film... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

Adjusted Score: 105.045%
Critics Consensus: A legendarily expansive and ambitious start to the sci-fi saga, George Lucas opened our eyes to the possibilities of blockbuster filmmaking and things have never been the same.
Synopsis: Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

Adjusted Score: 103.21%
Critics Consensus: Dark, sinister, but ultimately even more involving than A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back defies viewer expectations and takes the series to heightened emotional levels.
Synopsis: The second entry in George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy finds Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the green-as-grass hero from the first... [More]
Directed By: Irvin Kershner

  • Calico

    That Clone Wars thing is not a Star Wars movie. Also, fun story: I was completely alone in the theater when I saw that. I quickly realized why.


      It was more of a long pilot episode for the CG animated series

      • MrBeale

        And like most pilots, it’s not nearly as good as the show which followed it. πŸ™‚

        • Corps I Am (MSgt Retired)

          I just don’t understand the love for the cartoon stuff. Its existence disappoints me.

          • Badat

            Why? Cause you think your more Adult or grown up when cause you don’t watch animated shows?

          • Al Holcomb


          • Corps I Am (MSgt Retired)

            No. In 38 years, we have been given SIX Star Wars movies. In 38 years Star Trek fans have been given FOUR television shows and TWELVE movies. Thanks Lucas.

            But hey, Star Wars fans have a cartoon or two also. Instead of cartoons, demand movies. For that matter, why more Marvel movies when they can deliver us cartoons instead? How many would rather Civil War next summer be a cartoon? No one. Don’t be so happy about the cartoons. It’s Star Wars on the cheap.

          • No

            Clone Wars only exists to get the kids into the Star Wars merchandise.
            It has no real value.

            And yes, it does suck that Star Wars never got a more serious show, very unlike Star Trek. At least it got a lot of good games.

          • Stan

            A little harsh on the Clone Wars there. The first season is a little average, but the following seasons get better and better. Very adult stories and characters introduced. Lots of clone trooper back stories. Its a brilliant series. I refused to watch it till my friend hassled me non stop. Glad he did. You should give it a shot, seriously.

          • Mark Soto

            Not all of the Clone Wars was not just all kids stuff. Hell the last 5 min. or so of the final eps. of season 5 was one of the saddest moments I have seen in a cartoon.

          • Jared Johnson

            I think that was more of a Lucas problem that we didnt get enough movies/live action tv series, Disney seems to be fixing the content issue quite well. But the clone wars cartoon was fun, a little cheesy at times but it had plenty of action and kept me entertained

          • Corps I Am (MSgt Retired)

            Hell yes it was Lucas’ fault.

          • BenLo

            It’s actually FIVE shows and about to be 14 movies. No disrespect, just saying

          • Wiseguy

            AND an animated series.

      • nametaken

        it was, but it was also released in theaters so that alone technically qualifies it.

    • EdmondWherever

      Funny, I went with a friend and his 3 kids, and we were alone too. The kids were running around a lot, climbing on the cinema stage, we even lifted them up to look into the projection window. Glad it didn’t blind them, I guess. I liked the movie though, and LOVED the Clone Wars series.

    • Corps I Am (MSgt Retired)

      Because it was a cartoon and you saw it in the middle of the day during school season?

      • RIconservative


  • ChairmanROFLMAO

    Um, this list is Bantha poodoo.

  • Brendan Sullivan

    I will never watch clone wars.

    • Vanlan

      The Clone Wars. Clone Wars was the excellent show that came out before Ep 3.

    • CERO

      the movie is awful, the series.. not that bad.

      • JEREMY

        It WAS one step up the ladder from THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL.

        Any one of you Jar Jar fans want to TRY to defend that?

        • CERO

          Calmdown fanboy, Nice try to point finger and claims we’re “fans of jar jar”.

        • Corbin Smart

          This whole rating debacle gets irritating because nobody can objectively rank these movies. You have the older generation that grew up with the OT, so they’re nostalgic and biased by that. Then there’s the younger generation that grew up with the PT and they prefer that. And even now there’s a new generation growing up with The Clone Wars and the Sequel trilogy. You might say that the only people who can objectively rank the movies would be someone today who sees all of them for the first time. But there’s issues there because the standards for VFX back in 1977 were different from today.

          Another huge problem is expectation vs. reality. It’s almost impossible to get a legitimate ranking on Rotten tomatoes for the prequels when we have the standards of the originals to go by. I mean if we compare movies like Jurassic World and Interstellar, both of which got a 71% here on Rotten Tomatoes, you can see one is vastly superior to the other.

          So to get back to your post about The Clone Wars movie, it was way better than “one step up the ladder” from the Holiday Special. The series that followed was excellent and in many cases provided better characterizations than the prequels, especially for Anakin. The Clone Wars movie may have been bad as a standalone movie, but in relation to the TV show it wasn’t nearly as bad as you say.

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            That’s stereotyping. I grew up with the prequel trilogy and I think Episode IV and V are the best Star Wars films. However, I do think that Episode III is better than Episode IV.

          • Corbin Smart

            Yeah, I guess I could have clarified there. Those were just the general biases that I’ve noticed. Not everybody will conform to them. But I think your case does show what I’m talking about since the OT generation usually places the OT over any prequel or other Star Wars movie/show, just based on nostalgia.

            I’m curious, have you seen the ‘Mr. Plinkett’ Star Wars reviews?

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            While I do prefer IV and V, I just don’t understand this idea that liking the prequels is in the “minority”. If you look at both critics and audiences, every film in the prequel trilogy is above 50%.

            I have not seen them, nor do I have any intention of. They have an inherent comedic purpose, but more importantly, as an amateur film critic, I can analyze a film’s flaws w/o needing secondary observations (although Roger Ebert’s brilliant reviews often shed a second light on things).

          • Corbin Smart

            I have watched them and I would recommend them solely on their comedic value. I brought them up because the critiques he offers all begin the underlying assumption that the prequels lack substance and are inferior to the originals in all aspects. After watching them initially I questioned whether I should like the prequels as much as I did because the flaws he demonstrates do exist, but the resulting condemnation of the films is invalid.

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            To say they’re inferior to the originals in ALL aspects is ridiculous, especially when you’re talking about Return of the Jedi. One thing many fans agree upon with the prequels is the improvement with the lightsaber duels, as well as the proper CGI replacement of lame puppets like Yoda. Of course, Lucas went overboard with this aspect, but when it was used properly, it made the prequels look better than the originals which relied on practical sets/pieces.

            Again, you’re allowed to condemn them all you want, but to make a factually-incorrect statement that liking the prequels puts you in a MINORITY only makes the “purist” side look unintelligent.

          • Scott

            Isn’t everybody whose seen a movie an amateur film critic?

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            I guess I’m above average then xD.

          • Danuel Warren

            They have an “inherent comedic purpose” but you will not venture to view them?! Holy crap. Stay far away from the internet.

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            Stay far away from me little troll.

          • Danuel Warren

            Why even admit that, when you have zero basis to use any of that phrasing?

            Not a troll…just a realist.

            Efiing snobbery. Pathetic.

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            I try.

          • craigstealsheep

            You’re joking right? Episode III is like chlamydia. You think it’s over and then it just keeps flaring up again.

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            Tell us how you really feel Craig.

          • craigstealsheep

            I feel a little sick. Might have the flu. Is it flu season?

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            Troll season ironically.

          • Corps I Am (MSgt Retired)

            Don’t misuse the term. Some of us work hard to earn it.

          • Rorshach Sridhar


          • craigstealsheep

            Hmm… I thought trolls were trying to get you upset. That’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m sorry you can’t take a joke and can’t seem to lighten up, but I’m not trolling. Trolling would be to point out that you are using ironically incorrectly and then to keep doing it to make you upset. I made a joke about a bad movie and that clearly upset you. But just because you are upset, does not mean you are being trolled.

            And here’s some real irony. You calling out trolling when you are already upset and acting like a troll. See? Its the reversal of expectations that make it ironic. Not, “these things are similar!” Which is analogy, by the way.

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            Lol, looks like I hit a nerve.

          • craigstealsheep

            Again, it is ironic that you are calling me a troll.

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            Keep crying sheep.

          • Rorshach Sridhar


          • Nose Goblin

            I believe he just did.

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            Shut up

          • Lucian

            The visual effects are the problem. CGI doesn’t look any more real than models and actors . Until they realize this, its all going to just look fake and crappy to me. Little fake ass CGI Yoda flying around. Entire movie filmed in front of a blue screen. Ooooo. Looks awesome.

          • Stan

            I love this constantly parroted, always ridiculous claim that nobody can objectively rank the movies.

            They can be objectively ranked. The originals are archetypal, but fun and well crafted action adventure movies with interesting characters with whom the audience can invest in for the duration of the run time. The prequels are muddles garbage with terrible dialog and uninteresting characters nobody cares about unless they are doing something with special effects.

            If some members of a younger generation prefer the prequels for the special effects, it’s because they’re special in the head, not because there’s some objective superiority born of computer generated… everything. Everything about the prequels is bad except the effects.

            And I don’t even care about Star Wars. I loved them as a kid, but once my age reached double digits, that interest slowly but surely waned. But the fact remains that I can actually watch the original films still, whereas the prequels feel like an endurance trial of bad, childish jokes, terrible romance dialog between characters who don’t appear to have any interest or chemistry, hilariously over the top battle scenes with no rhyme or reason to their strategy or tactics, and intense bouts of sequelitis (double bladed lightsaber! Fight with two lightsabers! A guy with four lightsabers!) even Spiderman 3 or Batman and Robin struggle to match.

            They’re bad movies, start to finish. Why people continue to argue otherwise in their defense always baffles me.

          • Danuel Warren

            Why even weigh in if you dont care?! Silly reply. Holy shit.

        • Corps I Am (MSgt Retired)

          Oh that’s ridiculous. They could make a movie about a love affair between Anakin and the Sarlacc Pit and it would be 25 steps above THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL.

      • Corbin Smart

        I’d say the series was actually excellent.


    None of the prequels are better than any of the original trilogy. I hope that at some point, Disney redoes the backstory properly…At this point I just hope that their continuation is as good as it seems.

    • Mike

      It’s close between Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith…but you’re probably right.

    • Anirudh Menon

      Remove your nostalgia glasses man. Revenge of the Sith was way better than Return of the Jedi.

      • SOAPMAK3R

        Nothing to do with Nostalgia. It has to do with Jedi being shot on real locations and sets, using practical effects, having imaginative cinematography etc.
        Where as Sith has aged terribly in only 10 years and looks like an over the top CGI cartoon with some live action, terribly directed actors tacked on.

        Remove your prequel goggles.

        • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

          You didn’t just say that, did you? Did you actually say that the OT was better because of real set locations and practical effects?
          ha ha ha ha ha
          Ever heard of story? At least Revenge of the Sith didn’t have a rehash “let’s go build another death star!” bore.
          I agree with Anirudh Menon, you are still wearing OT nostalgia glasses. And before you lash back at me, please realize that I loved the OT as much as the PT.

        • phylos

          Are we getting to a point were just saying “practical effects” makes for a compelling argument in regarding which movie is better than other?
          Troll 2 was entirely practical effects and Jurassic Park had some CGI. Does that mean that, according to you, Troll 2 is better than Jurassic Park?
          Really, really, drop the nostalgia goggles. Practical effects aren’t the holy grail and both that and CGI have their place.
          And now try to make a compelling argument for why Jedi is better than Sith, judging the movie as a whole, not which visual gobbledygook you happen to prefer.
          As far as I’m concerned, they’re both about the same. Then again, the only movie in this ridiculous franchise I consider real art and not mindless entertainment is Empire Strikes Back so what do I know? I never jumped in this bandwagon.

    • Artakha the Creator

      Disney won’t dare try retconing anything beyond the EU if they know what’s good for them. What’s done is done. Stop trying to fiddle with the prequel trilogy and move on.

  • chris hayes

    Episode 3 is better than Episode 6 ! well yes this is so true & thanks to RT for making it so…….

    • Moby85

      Should still be higher. Put it at the most high.

      • ChargerGrant

        “Put it at the most high”?
        With a sentence like that, you must be!

  • Tommysmallss

    Apparently, light saber battle action scenes determine if the movies are rated higher.

    • Jonathan Glasman

      If that were the case then Episode III would be at the top.

    • Adam Hubbard

      It seems the opposite, because Return of the Jedi received a rating much worse than the others of its time. I still don’t understand why people dislike the lightsaber battles though, that’s kind of the whole point of the Jedi and their fighting style.

  • MrBeale

    I rank them VI, III, V, IV, I, II. It’s a lonely road….

    • Mark Goodspeed

      At least you have the courage to put Episode III in the top three where it belongs.

      • Moby85

        True that. Sit down the masses to Star Wars and have them review each film. Ep III will score top 1-2 along with Empire with pretty much everyone.

  • Ned

    I agree with the order but as Calico mentioned, The Clone Wars was not a movie. However from a sequence of watching, I prefer to be disappointed in the order at which George Lucas intended. IV, V, VI, I, II, III. Darth was bad, I, II, & III does not make him a tragic hero. There was too much of a make up, it would have been better if he was bad as a child and continued to be that way. I, II, & III Tried to put in too much Political Correctness which destroyed the series.

    • HiiiPoWer

      to much political correctness/ wut are you even talking about, 1 was seriously lambasted for the perceived negative black stereotypes in jar jar, your right that the prequels didnt make Anakin a tragic hero, just an emotionally volatile man child, and the romance that the series was supposed to hinge on wasnt compelling or believable, no planet ruling queen is gonna go for a guy as thirsty or whiny as Anakin,

      • Ned

        But Jar-Jar was not black, he was an amphibian. He was just another poorly conceived character with too many speaking lines in a marginal movie that really needed more action. As for political correctness, yes, taking a movie franchise and trying to make into a movie for children so that more toys can be sold, is being politically correct. It was an attempt to be non offensive to anyone. That you took Jar-Jar to be a black stereotype makes you more worldly, and I guess more focused on racist potential issues, than I am. Maybe when more people stop trying to place stereo types on other people, then maybe there could be more equality. Lets just hope that this can happen.

        • HiiiPoWer

          there were people who noticed similarities between jar jar and a character in an old black face show. I think your mixed up political correctness with marketing towards children, pc at its best, is basicly taking care not to use words, or refer to stereotypes that denigrate or otherwise offend minorities (sadly some have used it as an excuse to bully people who expressed a controversial but not bigoted opinion)

  • Marc C Checkley

    There’s no way the final duel between Obi Wan and Anakin in Sith can outrank the duel of sabers finale in Jedi. The latter had passion, darkness, torment and agonising redemption inter-cut with one of the most exhilarating Rebel attacks on the Empire ever! Sith was just “hurry up already” and lava CG. Emotion at zero. Jedi is better than Sith hands down! I feel your lack of real reviewing disturbing! πŸ˜‰

    • Rorshach Sridhar

      I admit the Anakin/ObiWan duel went on a little too long, but the saber duel at the end of Jedi was not very good. You could make an argument for the one in Empire Strikes Back, but not Jedi.

  • onionrovirosa

    My ranking

    1. eV

    2. eI

    3. eIV

    4. eIII

    5. eVI

    6. II

    Honorable Mention.

    The greatest non-movie Star Wars is:
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars ( 2003 animated shorts )

  • thirdcinema

    EP V The Empire Strikes Back – The most fully realised SW to date.
    EP IV A New Hope – Good film with some unrealised potential – which Empire later capitalized on.
    EP VI Return of the Jedi – The Ewok factor really lets it down.
    EP III Revenge of the Sith – An improvement on Phantom Menace and Clones, but still inherits much of the scripting and directorial problems the prequels share.
    EP I Phantom Menace – Poorly directed, tone is all over the place.
    EP II Attack of the Clones – Most of the film’s running time is squandered on loosely connected set pieces which don’t amount to much by the film’s end, characters act out of character at times too.

    • Mike

      One of the things I really dislike, still, about the prequels is how it’s all green screen and special effects. I understand that wasn’t even available during the original trilogy, but just because you can do it…doesn’t mean you should.

      • Rorshach Sridhar

        Haven’t rewatched the prequel trilogy, I can tell you that only Episode II hasn’t aged well in terms of CGI solely because they used it FOR EVERYTHING.

  • My rankings:

    #1: Empire Strikes Back
    #2: Return of the Jedi
    #3: A New Hope
    #4: Revenge of the Sith
    #5: Phantom Menace
    #6: Attack of the Clones

  • Jared Foster Hill

    Revenge of the Sith should be taken down a peg, because after that moment Jar-Jar Binx single-handedly fucked up the entire Galaxy, giving the Empire to the Grand Chancellor out of simple peer pressure. Really Jar-Jar, you don’t think a phone call to the Senator might be necessary before making literally THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION IN THE LIFE OF STAR WARS?? “Nah, meesa got this.” smh…

    • Moby85

      Is it any worse than Luke in the so-beloved Empire Strikes Back, Luke the final Jedi, abandoning his training – against the urging of both Obi-Wan and Yoda – because of a general feeling of “they’re in pain” of his friends?”

      THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION POSSIBILY IN THE LIFE OF THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS TRILOGY?? “Nah, Meesa follow a blind feeling and abandon my entire Jedi training.”

      • FigaroPho

        Yeah, it’s way worse because it was a totally unnecessary middle finger to the fans who hated Jar Jar.

        Luke’s decision was a crucial character moment. Luke’s Jedi training is what enabled him to be so sure that Han and Leia were in serious danger and he was right. He had to go. Facing Vader was the only way he could find out that he was father and thus be prepared to face him again, this time with the goal of redeeming him instead of destroying him.

  • HumanLiveStock

    Sad, Kotor 1 & 2 games have better story & storytelling than the prequels

    • NYJD21

      KOTOR 2 wasn’t a finished story.

  • Mark Goodspeed

    Alright. I’m tired of this.

    Revenge of the Sith is the best Star Wars. A New Hope has aged poorly. I just watched it last night and cringed throughout. The Phantom Menace gets unfairly lambasted and is definitely not any worse than A New Hope and is certainly better than Attack of the Clones. I’m tempted to say The Empire Strikes Back is as good as Revenge of the Sith, but it simply doesn’t have the same emotional weight, in spite of having the ultimate Star Wars reveal.

    This is my list, and I can guarantee most of you will hate me for it:

    1. Revenge of the Sith
    2. The Empire Strikes Back
    3. Return of the Jedi
    4. The Phantom Menace
    5. A New Hope
    6. Attack of the Clones

    I think most people just can’t look at these movies objectively (myself included, probably). People just follow each other around hating on Episode I, most often with no other reasons than Jar-Jar and the child Anakin.

    I enjoy all of the movies, but I think the way people sort of band together and pick on certain movies in this series reminds me of the same sort of follow-and-act-ignorant attitude that caused people to bash Titanic and Avatar, both of which are great movies that are arguably better than every Star Wars ever made.

    Wishy-washy, let-me-be-cool-for-hating-on-this-movie nonsense. Episode III is easily the most emotionally moving and visually powerful film in the franchise, and it probably won’t be outdone by any Star Wars that follows it. Anakin’s turn shook me to the core, and the final battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan is one of the best action sequences in the history of cinema.

    • I like your points, but I still think Empire is the best. Sith is delightfully dark and brutal, but it’s almost undone by the ridiculous dialogue, plus Anakin’s turn to the dark side coming seemingly out of nowhere. Had they spent more time really developing that and making more sense of it, it would be a brilliant picture.

      As it stands, it’s a spectacle on every level and easily the best of the original trilogy, but I just can’t put it on top of Empire, which is brilliantly paced and realized.

      • ChargerGrant

        Empire still isn’t as good as A New Hope.

      • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

        if you can get past the “nurf herder” jokes and “my hands are dirty” dialogue.

    • Moby85

      Amen Mark. Preach it brother! Revenge of The Sith is notoriously underrated because fanboys just slap a “prequel” label on it and walk away. That’s like lining up two Fiats and a Ferrari, and then slapping a “Heh, Italian car” sticker on all of them just because you did that to the first two.

      Sith has the most plot of any Star Wars film, the best lightsaber fight, even Hayden and Portman’s acting improves a ton. Sure, a couple lines of still stilted dialogue…But is that different than any other movie?

      • ChargerGrant

        Not better than the original. No way.

      • Mike

        1) Empire Strikes Back
        2) A New Hope
        3) Revenge of the Sith
        4) Return of the Jedi

        I’ll grant you I could easily flip #2 and #3….it’s really close.

        • Moby85

          While it’s my opinion Ep III beats Ep V I’ll never counter anyone who puts Empire first. That’s very fair. However, my point I will always try to argue is that Ep III and Ep V are in a class alone above all the others so far.

    • Claudio

      naild it my friend, naild it!

      • ChargerGrant

        No. Sorely misguided.

        • Claudio

          whatever, haters gonna hate – like allways.

          • ChargerGrant

            …you would know, because that’s YOU.

          • Claudio

            this makes absolutely no sense. at all.

    • ChargerGrant

      Hilarious comedy Marcus. Revenge of the Sith is the 3rd best Stars Wars movie at best. A New Hope hasn’t aged poorly at all – still as tight and engrossing as it was 40 years ago. Also, there is NO WAY that RTOTJ is better than ANH. When did the tumor take over your higher brain functions?

    • Gil Zaltsman

      No No it is closer to this,
      1. Empire Strikes Back
      2. Return Of The Jedi
      3. A New Hope and Revenge of the Sith. (Although I find Sith to be slightly better)
      4. The Phantom Menace (mostly because it doesn’t have Hayden Christian)
      5. OH SO BORING Attack of the Clones.

      • Mike

        I’m still a bit traumatized by the romantic scenes between Anakin and Padme in Attack of the Clones.

        • Rorshach Sridhar

          “Here everything is soft and smooth”

    • Anirudh Menon

      Man, I fucking love you.

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    • Ali

      Ah its another hipster doofus. Saying A New Hope is worse than Revenge of the Sith just proves you are an idiot.

      • Mark Goodspeed

        I think it’s the other way around.

    • Preston

      I like Sith, but can’t agree that it’s the best… Empire is one of the greatest movies ever made. I think Hope has held up well over the years, too.

    • disqus_mLXdqSoI0U

      Interesting opinions. Stupid, but interesting.

    • Philip Golden

      this is just keep it to yourself stuff. so dumb and clueless that it’s best to keep one’s mouth shut.

    • Malena Valverde

      I finally decided to watch the Star Wars movies and no wonder why people hate so much on the PT or usually prefers or the OT or the PT; the vibes you get from them are SO different and for moments, contradictory.

      I feel as if the PT focus more on the characters feelings and their bond, also their reasons while the OT is more about action and it feels kinda rushed? I mean, ok, whatever you think there’s no chemistry between Portman y Hayden, and their acting is not good, it’s their relationship what starts all this and I like the idea of all it (and sorry but while I can agree that there’s lack of chemistry, I prefer them over the unnecessary Luke’s crush on his sister, just as Leia kissing him here and there, those made me cringe more. And even when her story with Han can be amusing, it felt rushed too and it would be so much better if it had been directly just action and no romance). All in all, I found all of them being friends and all kinda rushed too (also like when Obi Wan dies and Luke says something like “I can’t believe he isn’t here” as if they used to be super close for years and it’s like, kid I understand seeing someone die must be traumatic but you just knew him. Or how their uncles die and it’s as if he didn’t felt it? How his training is super fast… All this is what I mean with rushed too).

      My favorite was Sith too, I don’t care, I find it emotive and I did like what they did with Anakin character, his motives and his egoism and jealousy, he’s not really likeable but I could understand him and I like how the PT made me think about “if only” with a lot of things, if only her mother wouldn’t have died, if only she’d have been freed along with Anakin as Qui God asked, if the jedis wasn’t so shitty with him for moments lol, if he wouldn’t have fall for Padme, etc.

      Anyway, I can understand why the die hard fans of the OT don’t like it because again, it kinda clash with that more not so deep feelings the characters gives you and how contradictory is (after Obi Wan was the one who left Vader in that condition, you’ll think that their encounter in A New Hope should be more intense, but it’s so meh but since it’s an scene from the original and came first, the fans would have preferred something more according to it and not the other way around, duh).

  • Brad Cook

    Was anybody really surprised that TESB was #1? It’s always been my favortie.

  • Mike Klimo


    Nice video! I just thought I’d pass this along in case you hadn’t seen it. Here’s what it would most likely look like if Rotten Tomatoes scored both trilogies using ONLY reviews that were written during the ORIGINAL RELEASES of all six films:


    After I saw RT’s similar experiment back in ’05, I thought I’d expand the sample size and crunch the numbers myself. I collected 173 original trilogy reviews: ANH (50), TESB (67), RoTJ (56) and I also did the best I could to weed out any re-release/”outside the window” prequel reviews from your site.

    Anyway, thought you might get a kick out of it.


  • Mike Klimo


    Nice video! I just thought I’d pass this along in case you hadn’t seen it. Here’s what it would most likely look like if Rotten Tomatoes scored both trilogies using ONLY reviews that were written during the ORIGINAL RELEASES of all six films:

    The Phantom Menace: 60%

    Return of the Jedi: 61%

    The Empire Strikes Back: 63%

    Attack of the Clones: 67%

    A New Hope: 74%

    Revenge of the Sith: 80%

    After I saw RT’s similar experiment back in ’05, I thought I’d expand the sample size and crunch the numbers myself. I collected 173 original trilogy reviews: ANH (50), TESB (67), RoTJ (56) and I also did the best I could to weed out any re-release/”outside the window” prequel reviews from your site.

    Anyway, thought you might get a kick out of it.



  • ChargerGrant

    No, A New Hope is still the best because the story is tighter and packs more punch. TESB is a great film but its weakness is in the ending. People like it because it’s darker than TNW (also why they like Ep 3 more than ROTJ) but darker isn’t always better.

    Here’s the REAL ranking girls”
    1- A New Hope

    • Mike

      I feel like Empire’s ending is the strongest of the all of the Star Wars movies. Yes, the best part happens with the huge reveal….but I still love the rescue of Luke, and the Millenium Falcon escaping just in the nick of time.

      Not that it’s that much better than A New Hope….

      • ChargerGrant

        I will say that I do like the LOOK of Empire better than New Hope, and Vader’s reveal is epic, but judging as complete films New Hope wins it.

  • tresgamin

    how can you say the best star wars film of “all time” when we haven’t even seen the last three? I think the future would be included in “all time”

  • Daulton

    1. Empire and Star Wars 77′ neck and neck 3. Jedi (A very distant third)
    The others didn’t happen.
    I’m sorry but Episode III was hilarious unintentionally, still a turd

    • Philip Golden


    • Jacob

      I laughed out loud in the theater at how BAD it was! The kool-aid drinkers were offended.

      • jason malinoski

        Just because someone likes a movie you don’t does not mean they are “kool aid drinkers”. Get over yourself.

  • ErnestRister

    Dear Mr. Atchity:

    The Phantom Menace was fresh at one point, too, until Lucas re-released it in 3D causing a new wave of reviews which, after over a decade of familiarity with the movie, pushed it rotten. I’d love to see what would happen to this list if Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were released in 3D prompting new reviews.

    • Anirudh Menon

      Check the reviews, many of them are 2015 issued. Also, Revenge of the Sith is a legitimately great Star Wars film. It truly stands out.

      • Like the Groundhog Phil

        Just watched it recently. It fails on every level.

        • Rorshach Sridhar

          No one cares what you think Simon Pegg.

          • suprkong

            No, he’s right. It has no right to even be higher than that clone wars movie.

          • Rorshach Sridhar

            Idc what you think.

        • TimmyP

          Did the same. Came to the same conclusion.

        • Some day I may get around to watching RotS, but I was so dismayed by what a godawful cluster headache AotC was that I completely lost interest in pursuing the SW universe further. A shame, because I enjoyed the original trilogy and was delighted when they announced that both Neeson and McGregor were cast for The Phantom Menace. Talk about having hopes dashed. Interested in seeing the new flick eventually, but it’s definitely one i can wait for at this point.

      • George

        One word: “Noooooooooooo!!!!1!!1!!”

        • Adam Hubbard

          I never understand why people point that out because Luke’s “Nooooooooo!!!” in Empire Strikes Back is equally horrible.

          • George

            It’s bad, but not equally horrible by any stretch. A stray bullet clipping a 4 yr old in the leg while playing in his bedroom is very bad. The Germans marching toward Moscow is something else.

            Ok. That all might be a bit much, but you get my point, I think.

          • Danuel Warren

            No it was not. Holy crap.

      • TimmyP

        Gimme a break. ROTS is the best of the “prequel” series. The movie is just the least smelly POS out of those three.

      • craigstealsheep

        If by legitimately great you mean about as good as that horrible rash I have on my right testicle that I really should get checked out like today, then yes. It was legitimately great.

        • rlkittiwake

          Be sure to tell the doctor about the sheep.

      • Jon Turner

        I wouldn’t say it’s great, but it’s certainly A LOT better than AOTC and TPM. It still has its faults, but it’s the one prequel that actually comes close but not quite equal to the OT.

    • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

      Yes, I remember when phantom menace was in the mid 70s fresh.
      Just to show you that the media has the power to rewrite the past to whatever ways suit them.

      • Scott Lee Frost

        So you never watched a film say a decade later and had a different opinion of it? I’m sure you have. Opinions can change over time, and sometimes films don’t hold up.

      • somwun

        Its more like… after the hype died down, they realized it actually sucked.

    • Rorshach Sridhar

      Are you sure? I always remember it being in the 70s.

    • Paul English

      that is scary that Phantom Menace was ever Fresh. One of the most disappointing movie experiences I’ve ever had

    • suprkong

      Exactly. When I first walked out of the theater after Episode III, I was happy because there were lightsabers. Then the aftertaste set in as I realized the chewy center of that movie was actually made of bantha poodoo.

    • ReallyReallyBigMan
  • Dude

    No way I can put Revenge of the Sith in front of Revenge of the Jedi. That’s cray cray. Saying that Revenge of the Sith isn’t half bad actually and unfortunately only got pulled down by the poop anchor of the first two prequel movies. It was nice to see Lucas see the criticisms on those first two piles and get a bit more involved in making the last one pretty good at least.

  • Anirudh Menon

    Revenge of the sith is my all time favourite Star Wars film.

  • Radknight

    Empire was amazing, A New Hope was great but Jedi trailed a bit behind. The pre-quails were absolutely horrible. Disney should just reboot them to erase them out of existence once this new trilogy is over.

    Saying ‘Revenge of the Sith’ was the best of the new trilogy shouldn’t be mistaken as a compliment. I remember Kevin Smith shouting out about how great it was after seeing it. It could’ve been *good* but we kinda knew what we were getting into pretty early with all that cheesy Anakin/Obi-Wan banter along with the R2-D2 spewing 50 gallons of oil on some droids (he looks shy of 30 gallons himself), lighting them on fire and flying off for more high-jinx. Then you had coughing and sputtering General Grievous. I think that was only in the first 15 mins. [groan]. Not a good beginning to a movie that was supposed to redeem the new trilogy.

  • MontyPythonFanatic2

    7. Clone Wars, obviously. Never saw the show that followed, but whether or not the show is good is irrelevant. The movie is terrible and there’s not much need for explanation why. I can at least say that the prequels are interesting to analyze – this movie isn’t. It’s just awful.

    6. Attack of the Clones. I hated this movie. It lacks any of the guilty-pleasure qualities of the other prequels (apart from an excellent turn by Christopher Lee), and is just plagued by a nonsense plot, terrible dialogue, a bad love story, boring action scenes, and a major over-reliance on digital effects. When people think of the terrible parts of the Star Wars prequels (apart from just making Jar Jar jokes), they’re thinking of this movie.

    5. Revenge of the Sith. People give this film WAY too much credit. The dialogue is easily the worst in the entire series (“From my point of view, the Jedi are evil”), and the film’s plot is horrifically convoluted due to having the dual burden of having to wrap up plot threads from Clones (thus Dooku’s anticlimactic death), and establish everything for the original trilogy, while simultaneously trying to squeeze it’s own plot and villain in there (the whole movie’s about Vader, did we really need General Grievous?). It mischaracterizes Vader as a brutal hands-on murderer rather than the more distant executioner figure we know and love, and in lieu of character development just shoves in more and more fanboy-pleasing lightsaber fights. Still, the more over-the-top and unintentionally moments give it some guilty-pleasure value.

    4. The Phantom Menace. Jar Jar never honestly bothered me that much. He’s not funny, but I never hated him. And the political scenes drag, but I’ll take boring over infuriatingly awful. And Jake Lloyd is not good, but I’ve seen way worse in terms of kid actors. The plot may be nonsensical, but it’s got a lot of good qualities like the brilliant effects-work, mixing of CGI and real sets/props, and a likable turn by the ever-great Liam Neeson. And while Darth Maul isn’t much of a character, the fights with him are the most enjoyable of the prequels. Full-on guilty pleasure for me.

    3. Return of the Jedi. Sure, the Ewoks and the ludicrously easy defeat of “an entire legion of the Emperor’s best troops” via rocks and sticks hurts it a lot, and the Jabba scenes can drag some, but the film is easily supported by strong character work, showcasing the human side of Darth Vader and Luke’s internal struggle. Plus, the effects in this movie are, to date, the best of the series – just look at how little of the final battle was edited in the Special Edition. Those effects have stood the test of time brilliantly. A strong finale to a great trilogy.

    2. Star Wars (A New Hope). It may draw from dozens of stories before it, but there’s a reason the original Star Wars has become the textbook example teachers use to explain “The Hero’s Journey.” It’s executed brilliantly. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan, C-3PO, Leia, and R2-D2 all receive brilliant introductions in this film and we are treated to a spectacular heroes-save-the-galaxy plot that unfolds in a way and on a scale unheard of when this was made. And it holds up great, and the effects it introduced were revolutionary.

    1. The Empire Strikes Back. Empire’s strength lies in its story. Every character gets an important part to play. Leia and Han evolve. Luke discovers the power inside himself. We get the iconic lessons of Yoda. Lando Calrissian instantly becomes the galaxy’s leading icon of suaveness. And the Empire does indeed prove its formidable nature as our heroes are thwarted constantly, and, in what was a shocking twist, this pulpy sci-fi adventure ends with defeat. Luke is dealt the ultimate crushing blow, Han is trapped, and the audience is left swimming in emotions. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Without this movie, Star Wars would still be iconic, but it would have just been a one-off great movie. Empire pushed this franchise into the near-mythic stature it has taken in our society. If no other Star Wars movies were made between the original and 2015, the release of a new film would be far less of an event – it was Empire (and, to a lesser extent, Jedi) that made Star Wars what it is today.

    • Rorshach Sridhar

      Tell us how you really feel Monty.

    • Rubio Sings “Babaloooo!”

      Great analysis Monty, I totally agree. IMO Episode 2 was one of the worst movies in the history of cinema.

    • Jacob

      This is the CORRECT order. Jar Jar is just a scape goat of fans who WANT to believe that he was the problem with the Prequels. The only reason people like #3 is because how much they like the original trilogy and Darth Vader. Episode 2 and 3 are stinking piles of Bantha Podo. I laughed when Yoda used a light saber. It looked so ridiculous.

      At least the first one had some decent performances from Liam and Annie’s mom. And the lightsaber battle was by far the best of any Star Wars episode.

      • Lisa Launius

        JarJar was annoying but far from THE problem in the prequels. Had the movies been remotely decent everyone would have ignored the JarJar problem.

      • Nose Goblin

        If you can find it, watch “Episode 1: The Phantom Edit”. If you haven’t heard of it, some genius(es) took the original EP 1 footage, edited out a lot of the crap and edited in a few deleted scenes to basically make a new movie. They trimmed the runtime down to about 1:45 and the story moved along much better. It still isn’t as good as EP 4 or 5, but it’s a vast improvement over the theatrical release.

    • DoxBait

      I’m with you. I didn’t understand a lot of the hate for Phantom Menace when it came out. Sure, not nearly as good as anything from the original trilogy, but Darth Maul was fantastic, and the pod race evoked that visceral sense of velocity from the speeder bike sequences in Return of the Jedi. It wasn’t until Attack of the Clones that I started to see what a shit creator Lucas is on his own. That movie was boring as hell, and even the parts that were supposed to thrill us (like Yoda fighting) unraveled the mystique of the earlier films for me. I’d much rather see Yoda devastating people with force powers than flipping about like some miniature Tony Jaa. That was what was so cool about him at Dagobah. He was this shrunken, arthritic thing, but he was so at one with the force he could levitate a damn X-wing like it was nothing.

      • Jack Naaf

        When I watch Phantom Menace, I think, this isn’t that bad, but then that kid comes on the screen. To be fair, Lucas isn’t an actor’s director, but they should have gotten a kid that could deliver lines without being wooden and had some sense of emotional depth. At that time, someone like Haley Joel Osment would have been better.

    • Jack Naaf

      Empire gave the series gravitas.

    • archie_leech

      You are correct, Sir. The Rotten Tomatoes assessment is revisionist history, and just plain wrong. The only thing I’d say about your rankings — is that 3 & 4 are a toss-up.

  • Ali

    The prequels are horrendous movies. Stop trying to be edgy hipsters and nostalgia haters.

    The acting, characters (with the exception of Palpatine), and locations were bad.

    People are trying so hard to say this is a generational thing (I am a ‘millennial’), but its not. The prequels are awful movies and the new Star Wars looks like Hunger Games in space.

    I would have really liked to see a Christopher Nolan directed Star Wars trilogy with Michael Fassbender.

    • Mark Goodspeed

      You are misunderstanding what it means to be a hipster.

    • Danuel Warren

      Ew no. Just all of the no. No. Speilberg is a more enticing suggestion, with Kevin Smith and Lawrence Kasdan as screenwriters.

  • Scott Lee Frost

    1. The Empire Strikes Back
    2. Return of the Jedi
    3. A New Hope
    4. Revenge of the Sith
    5. Attack of the Clones
    6. A Phantom Menace

    I get films are subjective, but it BAFFLES me that people think any of the prequels are good. The dialogue and acting in ALL of the prequels is frustratingly horrible. Hayden Christensen does not pull off a single line of dialogue and has NO chemistry with Portman. Also, those ‘roger roger’ droids are so ridiculous… I mean who would program battle droids to be so goofy and slapsticky?

  • Sabretruthtiger

    Oooooh meesa so disappointed!

  • The Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars series is the best thing to come out of the prequel era including the prequels. Period. Criminally underrated, but available in its entirety on YouTube! Still blown away by the animation 10 years later.

  • Chris Gough

    Spot on. Lets just hope the new film makes the top 5. I have a feeling it will!

  • Jonathan Glasman

    At first, I was surprised to see Revenge of the Sith ranked higher than Return of the Jedi, but honestly, Return is really awful in parts.

  • HMS

    The Mr. Plinkett reviews of the Stars Wars Episode 1,2,3 movies on the Red Letter Media YouTube channel should be required viewing to demonstrate just how unbelievably horrible those three movies truly are.

  • Saban Erdman

    It makes me sad that critics believe Episode 3 is better than Episode 6. Just because it’s “dark” doesn’t mean it’s good.

    • jason malinoski

      You can’t say that’s the only reason some may like it better.

  • Philip Golden

    anyone who defends TPM in any way, shape, or form, is either soul-less or didn’t see it. Bad as a film can be.

    • jason malinoski

      You didn’t like the movie so no one can. Gotcha.

  • At the end of the day, just IV and V are really phenomenal movies. I hope The Force Awakens will bring the franchise back.

  • Rubio Sings “Babaloooo!”

    Episode 2 was the worst movie ever made. Period.

  • Vits/Vicente Torres


    2) A NEW HOPE: 7/10
    1) REVENGE OF THE SITH: 8/10

  • NoResolution

    Talk about bias at its best. If the tomatometer was out during the OT then it would make it fair, but considering it isn’t then these rankings are severely stacked at its best. Back in the day TESB wasn’t the best and that is a fact.

  • djeec

    Whoever decided to put Episode III ahead of Return of the Jedi needs their head examined.

  • suprkong

    I was like, ROTJ at 79%? Then I remembered Return of the Jedi went down a few points since “Jedi Rock” got added to the Specials Editions. That “special musical number” really added some

    But Episode III is nowhere near worth a 79%. That was just because critics were glad it was over.

  • Jacob Reinschmidt

    The tomato Meter is pretty good test most the time but its dead wrong on these films. I think people wanted the prequels to work even when they failed. I would put them all below 50% raking them from best to worse as episode III, episode I and finally one of the worst films I have ever watch episode II. I get it even as a kid I lied to myself about liking the prequells It turns out I knew deep inside they were just the worst.

  • Stan

    How in the world did Revenge of the Sith out-tomato Return of the Jedi? How did not one, but two (any) of the prequels end up fresh?

    Madness. Absolute madness.

  • Observer_wi

    Revenge of Sith is an okay movie. Watching it on television, I came to notice how dumb and wooden the Anakin character is. He can’t see the Emperor is playing him? He’s behaves like a confused teenager. And since we know the plot outline going in, it’s predictable. You have to ask yourself, this guy is going to be Darth Vadar?

    It gave Obi Wan and Yoda good send-offs though.

    Also, these Jedi are off on planets commanding troops and they still use their lightsabers (instead of a gun)? How can they hope to neutralize the enemy?

  • shawnthesheep

    This is exactly how I would have ranked them. Revenge of the Sith is very underrated because of the two terrible movies that came before it. It’s certainly a more thrilling and involving film than Jedi. The Empire Strikes Back remains the gold standard.

  • Jon Turner

    My opinion:

    The original STAR WARS trilogy is a classic, no questions asked. JEDI has a few minor weak points, but it’s still deserving of my highest rating. All three tie in no particular order IMO. All get ***** out of *****.

    For the prequel trilogy, REVENGE OF THE SITH is without question the best of the three, although it DOES suffer from occasionally iffy dialogue and a few stiff moments. However, it’s still better than TPM and AOTC by far. The performances are at their best in ROTS, and even though Hayden Christiansen unfortunately suffers from some wooden moments, he steps it up toward the end and overall improves over his lackluster turn in AOTC. Overall not a great movie by any means, but still fourth best.

    TPM I don’t actually hate, but I’m not overly fond of either. Unlike some people I didn’t mind Jar Jar; he at least brings more personality to the movie than his co-stars, the problem is he’s very overused. The saber duel between Count Dooku and the Jedi are great, as are the Pod Racing scenes. Otherwise I’m kinda neutral on this movie.

    AOTC, to me, is the weakest of the six. The love story is not particularly compelling (no fault of Hayden or Natalie Portman; for all of Lucas’ talents, directing actors and writing believable romantic dialogue never was one of them), and too many scenes drag on for too long. The Yoda/Dooku fight scene at the end boosts it somewhat, but only slightly.

  • husky

    3 and 5 are my favourites *^*

  • Joseph Chaisson

    As soon as you placed a prequel before an original, I knew this list was trash. Return was a great movie. Ewoks are a small part of the movie. The beginning middle and end (space battle, including the light saber duel) trumps all of Revenge.

  • I opinions of the prequel trilogy is colored by age group. I was in my 20s when I saw TPM and was pretty sure I had never seen a movie worse than that in my entire life. Making the various 3.5/4 star ratings that much more perplexing (not sure how roger ebert still had a job after that).

    But as an episode of “Spaced” pointed out, “kids like jar jar”. And 16 years later those kids are in their 20s and telling us “TPM…ehh not that bad”. Pff. Alright. Fine. I’m sure there’s 80s movies I still love my dad would roll his eyes at. Had to be there/nostalgia glasses.

    For the record those prequel movies are…objectively…horrible… (signed: a 37 year old)

    Having said that…I’m an apparently immature 37 year old that watched the entire clone wars series (the one with 22 minutes episodes, not the 2 minute one). There’s one episode that was so well done I actually immediately re-watched it. It was like a star wars movie inside of 22 minutes (I think it was an early season 2 episode). When that series was on it was really, really great. There were also bad episodes of course. And others that were simply bizarre. If you can get past the “kids cartoon” part that series is worth watching. And really all six movies are live action cartoons anyway so you can hardly get all “no cartoons” about it.

  • killdeer5

    It defies belief how Phantom Menace keeps overtaking A New Hope as the #1 Star Wars Movie. ANH was the only movie I have attended in my lifetime where the audience gave a standing ovation at the end (including myself). It was that game changing. PM had many great moments but was overall too long, too downbeat, and the non-ending ending plain sucked.

  • HammerofThor

    Am I the only one who liked Clone Wars? Attack of the Clones should be in dead last. Only Maul keeps PM from being worse.

  • Marcadimus

    Episode 2 is higher than Episode 1? Have you seen Episode 2? Other than Yoda’s cool fight that movie is almost unwatchable. The rest are all good.

  • Kirk Schueler

    A New Hope Hands Down. It was terrifically innovative and self contained. Even though there were sequels and prequels it was a story by itself and hugely satisfying. The Empire Strikes Back left us hanging for two years! I left the theater totally unfulfilled

  • PlantsVSjunior

    WHAT THE FUCK! The Phantom Menace SAVED the new trilogy from being A DISASTER

    • Dustin

      How do I downvote this harder?

  • NyxNax

    Revenge of the Sith above Return of the Jedi? – BLASPHEMY

  • J Aleixo

    I love The Clone Wars. Is better than Episode 1.

  • Dustin

    I don’t understand: Why is Episode III ranked above Episode VI when Episode III is at 79% and VI is at 80%?

  • Jack

    Phantom menace is MUCH better than Attack of the clones. I agree with the other rankings though

  • lazyintellect

    Looks like The Force Awakens will take the top spot

  • Playhouse

    How does Revenge of the Sith at 79% rank higher than Return of the Jedi at 80% (unlike the 79% stated in the video) on a list ranked specifically by Tomatometer score?

  • Drew Russell

    There is just so much Hate in the comments it’s baffling. Your NOT Real Star Wars Fans if you can’t accept the prequel trilogy as a good set of movies.

    • Soul Less

      That makes no sense? we all should be brainless fanboys and proclaim them good when they simply are not?

      • Drew Russell

        Not brainless, but not assholes.

  • eris_kallisti

    Why is Palpatine featured on the Empire packaging? Lobot was on screen longer.

  • RIconservative

    There were 6 movies and I will rank them properly for you:

    #1 IV A New Hope: The original. The most amazing Movie I had ever seen, and the most amazing experience I ever had in a movie theater until a certain girl in high school…well you get the idea

    #2 The Empire Strikes Back. Darker, grittier. Deeper character development. I loved it. However it ended in a “To Be Continued” that wouldn’t be continued for three years. That was a tough pill to swallow.

    #3 Return of the Jedi: I saw it 13 times in the theater. yes, it was good. No, the Ewoks didn’t bother me.

    #4 Episode III. Vader is back. Heart Break. Evil… All good stuff

    #5 Episode I: Qui Gon was a great character. Pod racing was cool. Watto was cool. Darth Maul was amazingly Cool.

    #6 Episode II: The beginning was an exercise in CGI and got boring quickly. Clones were cool. Yoda was cool. Anakin’s lightsaber prowess was cool.

    You’re welcome.

  • Gregory Gordon

    I’d like to make a couple of points about these rankings. First, there’s a mathematical issue. If Return of the Jedi is at 80% on the Tomatometer and Revenge of the Sith is 79% on the Tomatometer, then Return of the Jedi should be ranked ahead of Revenge of the Sith. You have it the other way around. Second, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back are in a dead tie at 94% each. So i’m not sure why Empire has been ranked ahead of New Hope — shouldn’t they be tied for first. If I had to pick one of them to break the tie, it would be A New Hope. This movie revolutionized the movie industry. We don’t even appreciate its greatness because it is the source of so many icons, memes and modern pop mythology. It had to be phenomenal — groundbreaking — to have that kind of impact on the collective conscience. The Empire Strikes Back is a great movie. But it simply built upon the cinematic Big Bang that was A New Hope. I had just started middle school when A New Hope was released so I am old enough to remember the frenzy it created. I had never seen lines so long. The special effects were mind-blowing for the time. The music was epic. The characters were so well drawn with amazing dialogue. My friends and I saw it numerous times and we could recite many lines by heart (I still can!). Again, Empire was a stellar film but just didn’t generate that kind of mania. And, IMHO, it still doesn’t. I wish I could erase from my memory having ever seen A New Hope. How magical it would be to see it again for the first time! But I’ll be happy to see it again for the 20th time or so next time I’m in the mood to see the first trilogy. May its force remain with all of us . . .

  • ME

    They forgot the Star Wars Christmas Special. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s awesomely horrible. The full movie is on Youtube.

    Also, the last time I checked, 80% was greater than 79%, so Return of the Jedi should be ahead of Revenge of the Sith on their list.

  • spencermartin94

    New List:
    8. The Clone Wars – 18%
    7. Episode I: The Phantom Menace – 56%
    6. Episode II: Attack of the Clones – 65%
    5. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – 79%
    4. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – 79%
    3. Episode IV: A New Hope – 94%
    2. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – 94%
    1. Episode VII: The Force Awakens – 97%

  • Jack Naaf

    The ranking is pretty accurate except III and VI need to be swapped.

    • spencermartin94

      Revenge of the Sith has more reviews than Return of the Jedi but in my opinion Episode VI is still better.

  • David Hixon

    How can you say 3 is better than 6 when 6 has an 80% and 3 only a 79%? And even if they were both 79% as the video shows, that makes it a tie, and you guys deliberately put them in the order you did to make controversy for more hits. Further, 4 and 5 are also tied! This video is mostly click bait.

  • Ander Garmendia

    No. 3 in the ranking has a lowest tomatometar than No. 4? Please explain this!!!

  • OriginsFan

    I saw “A New Hope” when it first came out in cinemas and I became a Star Wars geek. I learned 3D Animation over the years as well. I was a bit of a heretic because I believe the use of special effects and animation should be sparingly used to prevent it from becoming “Hey, look at what I can do” that overpowers a storyline. I prefer an animation style that is for a lack of a better word: subliminal.
    First, I have always loathed the junior high school dialog in all the films. This is a movie about adults in adult situations…but totally understand in order to become inclusive to a wider audience, you have to write it for the kids as well. It would be nice to rework/reword all the movies, but then you lose the awesomeness of the cast from 4-6…if 1-3 was reworked and reshot you wouldn’t miss anything lost in the process.
    Secondly, it ticks me off the first three released movies (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) were digitally re-mastered inserting irrelevant animation that really became a distraction instead of adding flavor to the franchise.
    Lastly, I don’t know where to begin about the epic miscasting of Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. To listen to them speak was so painful to watch, (dialog and lack of acting ability) I manage to avoid watching episodes 1-3.
    (Oh, and I hated Jar-Jar, the Ewoks, and that little squeaky fella sitting around Jabba the Hut. Just did not do anything for the story, but obviously created solely for merchandise sales. Bleah!)
    With that said, I intend on seeing “The Force Awakens” but having read some reviews from those who have already seen it, I am a bit worried about the Star Wars movie “dipping too much from the original magic well” instead of creating new magic for a new generation of Star Wars fans.

  • Tate Ellison

    rotj 80% over Ep 3 but still is #4?

  • Anthony “stalker6recon”

    The three “prequels” are almost unwatchable. Even with some of the best actors in a generation, they are unable to carry, or cover for the worst actors in history. The young anikin as a snot nosed racer, itself an impossibly unbelievable aspect of the movie, sets us up for the horrendously played arrogant adolescent vadar. Christiansen would be booed off even the worst public school stages, how he was chosen for star wars, is beyond comprehension. His delivery makes even the most mechanical drones in the movie, seem lifelike. The ridiculous “rolling in the grass” scene with the princess/queen whatever her title, was nauseating. And if his character, which just feels like someone nawing at an infected open wound were not enough, they added the comic styling of ya-ya-binks. Holy christ, if ever a movie series pushed anyone to tie a rope around their own neck, this would be it. Even the big action sequences became a welcome break from the terrible actors, but fell very short of impressing me.

    And I thought my childhood memory of the whiney crybaby “I can’t do it, leave me alone” Skywalker was annoying, now we know why he had such low confidence. The young vadar in the making, reminded me of the evil villain, who became evil after too many days spent stuffed in a locker at school, or hanging by his panties on the doorknob of the girls locker room.

    These movies are so bad, I try hard to forget that they were ever made. I understand that the makers are trying to be inclusive of a much younger audience, after all, there won’t be a large market of doll buying 40 somethings out there, but they made what should be a serious trilogy about revolution, war, and a LOT OF DEATH, into a bubblegum cartoon with some live action overlays. Just terrible.

    The origin films, until return of the jedi, we’re closer to sci-fi dramas, dark and interesting. Once the Empire met the Muppets, it was all down hill from there. Even the stupid ewoks were created to replace the extremely violent home of the wookies. Lucas knew he couldn’t sell head removing, ultra violent wookies on store shelves, so they sacrificed the story for commercial appeal. Ruined the series with that installment, we can only hope the next three films return the series to something watchable, but given all the hype, I seriously doubt it.

  • Toronto7777

    Star Wars is a true story.

  • brian

    Episode 4 beat return of the Jedi…?

  • Scott Marcus

    #4 and #3 on the list should be reversed! Return of the Jedi has a higher ranking than Revenge of the Sith. Do the math Rotten Tomatoes!

  • James Finch

    I will probably be force-choked for this, but I love all the Star Wars movies, the 2 CGI series, and hope to see the new movie someday soon (I’m disabled and can’t go to a theater). I don’t feel the Phantom Menace was that bad, and the box office receipts and DVD/blu-ray sales receipts kind of back me up. It had some great moments and while Jar-Jar Binks seems to be the bane of all that is holy to Star Wars fans (some of which regard him as Darth Plagueis in disguise—where does George get these names, a cereal box?), I think a lot of people can identify with a clumsy being who can find his way if people give him a chance. That said, he did flunk out on Revenge of the Sith in a necessary if not hated way, giving the future emperor “emergency powers.” That pretty much sank him. Nevertheless, Star Wars is a journey about family and how beings make choices that sometimes lead down the wrong path. All 6 are basically about the Skywalker family and what huge consequences happened as the result of their choices. A journey that’s fantastic storytelling, even if sometimes bombastic and flawed. I’ll take the whole thing, warts and all and find good in it, just like Luke found good in his dear ol’ Dad.

    • Danuel Warren

      Best comment in a sea of morons. Glad you captured the essence of these movies.

      • James Finch

        thanks =O)

  • Danuel Warren

    Obviously the ranking of ROTJ and ROTS is a mistake. Curious why no one has ever generated dialogue about producer, Rick Mcallum’s, involvement in the prequels???!!!!

    IMHO…he grievously aided in fucking up those prequels. A total yes man to Lucas, when in retrospect, absolutely rushed these films into production.

    I dont hate the prequels. They just simply could have been better instead of an exercise of experimenting with ILM’s newish digital effects department.

    The prequel story beats are rad…but clumsily executed in so many ways that are boring to recount.

    Lucas has claimed that all these films are about Anikan Skywalkers fall from grace. Which was so idiotically handled.

    Had Lucas considered collaboration with good writers, fucked off Macallum and realized that Ani should have been born bad but was conflicted because he WANTS to do good…and focus on that…he could have had a much meatier story.

    I was so craving to see Anikans slide to the Dark Side with narcissistic, flawed, ultra violence in which he had to keep secret…in all 3 films. He should have been a righteous bully that Obi Wan tried dearly to contain.

    The prequels all seem like vignettes to me.

  • Walter

    Really disappointing as it seemed to be more of a homage than a film. Great scenery, very good special effects but wooden acting, contrived chemistry and a lot of extras walking around in white plastic. Sad commentary when the second best acting performance, after Harrison Ford, is Chewie.

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