Star Wars first trilogy released at the cinemas between 1977 to 1983 rocked. Stand outs were Star Wars: A New Hope Episode IV(first film) and Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Episode 5 (second film). Return of the Jedi. Episode VI was ok and was better than the new Star Wars trilogy. I rate Star Wars first trilogy of films, second trilogy novels, 4 out of 5 stars. I am not a Stars Wars fan.
The second trilogy released between 1999 to 2005 sucked. The last two films were a joke. I rate Star Wars second trilogy films, first trilogy of novels, 2 out of 5 stars. Disappointed with Stars Wars 1: Phantom Menace. I was even more disappointed with Star Wars 2: Clone Wars and I was most disappointed with Star Wars 3: The Revenge of the Sith.
The critics are right to criticise the lacklustre new Star Wars trilogy films because hi-tech special effects can not make up for boring storylines and bad acting.