Making Star Wars.net has an ongoing column called Opening the Holocron and its latest entry is a look back at TPM:
Of course, no movie could ever transcend that toddler’s memory and TPM – with its admitted flaws – certainly did not. But I did, and do, enjoy it.
Perhaps prophetically, it sure seems that many viewers who despise TPM (as well as its siblings Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith) simply can’t remember what it was like to be Anakin Skywalker’s age, to have that kind of hope, to have that kind of awe…
Like Anakin himself, those who deride the prequels don’t (or didn’t) want things to change.