Special Report

Every Star Wars Movie Ranked From Worst to Best

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12. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
> IMDb rating: 5.9 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 18%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 40%
> Domestic box office: $35,161,554

This was the least well-reviewed “Star Wars” film — an animated account of events that took place between the events of Episodes II and III. It follows Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, as they try to maintain order in The Force, contending with criminals and Sith forces. The Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus disliked the film’s “mechanical animation and a less-than stellar script,” as just 18% of critics gave “The Clone Wars” a positive review. Despite its poor reception, the film served as a backdoor pilot for a TV show of the same name that was actually critically very well received, running seven seasons between Cartoon Network, Netflix, and Disney+.

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11. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
> IMDb rating: 6.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 52%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 59%
> Domestic box office: $474,544,677

Of the 11 live-action “Star Wars” films — three trilogies and two spinoff stories — none has had a lower Tomatometer score than this one. The movie introduces viewers to Anakin Skywalker before he becomes Darth Vader, and shows how he began his path to the Dark Side. Though “Phantom Menace” has dazzling visual effects and plenty of star power, with actors like Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman, less than 60% of fans and critics felt positively about the film.

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10. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
> IMDb rating: 6.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 65%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 56%
> Domestic box office: $310,676,740

Reviews of 2002’s “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” were modestly better than those for its predecessor, as nearly two thirds of reviews aggregated by Rotten Tomatoes said the movie was good — though the audience score was lower, at 56%. The Critics Consensus said the improved focus on action was a needed alteration, but “ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters” hampered the film.

“Attack of the Clones” takes place a decade after “Phantom Menace,” showing Anakin Skywalker’s increasing power and difficulty managing that power.

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9. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
> IMDb rating: 6.9 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 69%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 64%
> Domestic box office: $213,767,512

This is a spinoff film that traces the origins of everyone’s favorite scruffy looking nerf-herder, Han Solo. It reveals how Solo became a smuggler, got his name, got his ship, and became best friends with Chewbacca. Behind the scenes, “Solo” was a famously fraught production, as directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left halfway through production, citing “creative differences.” Veteran filmmaker Ron Howard stepped in and reshot a majority of the film. The movie had the lowest box office haul of any live action Star Wars film, at just under $214 million.

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8. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
> IMDb rating: 7.0 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 90%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 42%
> Domestic box office: $620,181,382

“The Last Jedi” divides its attention between Rey, as she learns to control the power within herself, and the Resistance, as they fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order. The film’s quality is difficult to rank. Though 90% of critics gave it a positive review according to Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score was less than half as high, at 42%. Some have speculated this may have been the work of online trolls, while others point out that critical and fan opinions often vary widely, especially in a franchise as nostalgia-fueled as “Star Wars.” In addition, fans may not have connected with the vision of director Rian Johnson as much as they did with that of J.J. Abrams, who directed Episodes VII and IX.