Man, if I didn't know any better, I'd say you were accusing this of being a Star Wars message board. Anecdotes and perception bias do not a trend indicate - it'd be like my arguing most Godzilla fans own a copy of Godzilla vs Megalon, therefore it must not be that bad. This is what we would colloquially refer to as "making a good movie." And as bad as the dialogue in the original trilogy got, it never approaches the downright infamous depths of "I hate sand" (Or, since you seem so fond of going back to Batman & Robin, I'll take "Let's kick some ice" over inexplicably racist alien accents every day) nor does the acting approach the wooden, Godzilla-sequel esque performances of Christiansen and Portman. Hell, I'd go so far as to say Empire Strikes Back had good acting, which is more than can be said of even the most emotional moments of the PT. The quality of the writing and acting, or rather, the lack thereof, are also brought into sharp focus in the PT because it unwisely chooses to focus on interactions more than actions, when the latter - as evidenced by ANH and the fight scenes in Episode III - are where Lucas does his best work. Hell, people tend to give Revenge of the Sith a free pass, and I'd chalk that up to a massive action sequence followed by the death of a much-despised character and return of a much-beloved one right at the end, which does wonders for memories. It's almost as if nothing happens in a cultural vacuum and it's disingenuous to claim an analysis of something otherwise. It's the same reason people don't like The Godfather Part III - a film that, incidentally, is an actual example of an average film marred by its relation to a superior progenitor - and it's the reason that 20 years from now only the hardest of the hardcore will know anything aside from a rough outline of the prequels. Because that happens so often. Remember when everybody nagged on the film version of Moneyball for telling a human story rather than just being a slideshow of baseball analysis methods? No wonder it never got an Oscar nod. ... Oh wait. I'll give you this one, I was a bit hyperbolic. But I do think "average" is being far too generous.