Roger Roger: To compare the criticism of ANH and TPM is simply unfair in my opinion. Since ANH was the first and completely fresh, it wowed many of the critics like it wowed audience members. The circumstances surrounding TPM's release were much different: the 16 years of waiting, the vaulting of the original trilogy to mythic levels, TPM being the fourth installment in a series, and the almost unreachable expectations with which many critics (I read) treated TPM. Also, TPM was not roundly criticized. It received mixed reactions. The two critics I use most often as a reference point (Ebert and Janet Maslin of the New York Times) both lauded the film. As in any profession, there are some who do their jobs terribly, most do it at an average level and few stand out as the elite. Movie critics are no different. Most of them are average and (therefore for me) I consider their opinions almost meaningless.