The force is strong with this one..
Four weeks after its release, critics made Star Wars: The Force Awakens the third highest rated core film in that series on Rotten Tomatoes. It's pretty obvious which films took the number one and two spots...
(Out of 10)
|1.||Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back||8.9|
|2.||Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope||8.5|
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
|4.||Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith||7.3|
|5.||Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi||7.2|
|6.||Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones||6.7|
|7.||Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace||6.0|
In my opinion, The Empire Strikes Back and A New Hope are underscored by 0.5 points, because those films are innovative and memorable.
I would have also given The Force Awakens a score that's 0.5 points higher for its stunning cinematography and memorable scenes.
It's going to be very interesting to find out where the tentatively titled Star Wars: Episode VIII (releasing May 26, 2017) will rank on that list.