But you're asking me at a good time, since I reran all my Star Wars reviews for "May the 4th Be With You" last week.
I felt it lacked inspiration and innovation. It felt too familiar, although it was wonderful to revisit the beloved characters of the OT. I should also say that I liked very much, meeting the new characters.
Yet if I need to make a tally right now, then my ranking would go something like what you see below.
Again I don't expect my ranking to be popular.
But The Force Awakens is a (good) "more of the same" entry whereas the prequels -- while clearly more problematic and definitely unpopular -- are also far more ambitious in terms of world building, production design and even social commentary. They failed to large degree in terms of narrative and performance, but they also innovated to a superior degree.
I don't think I would shift either the #1, #2 or #7 slot, but the rest is all in motion.
The more I think about it, the more I consider the seventh film a safe, enjoyable, but ultimately uninspired entry; one enlivened by the strong efforts of Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. The plot is all retread, the big villain (Snoke) is a bust, and the action is muddled and lacking in genuine suspense.
I understand that the film is the equivalent of a sports team's "building season:" a re-setting of the terrain. Therefore it avoids any real sense of risk or invention. Still, I missed that aspect of the Star Wars universe.
After the prequels, which met with such widespread disdain, I fully comprehend why filmmakers would choose not to rock the boat and offer such a conservative, safe, familiar vision of this universe. It makes sense from a business standpoint. From an artistic standpoint, however, it makes for a mediocre experience.
The Force Awakens isn't great art, and won't be remembered as such. It lands in the middle of the pack. I hope Episode VIII takes a few more chances, creatively speaking.