I recognize that saying "The Phantom Menace" sucked would not have been insightful 10 years ago when the film was in theaters, but I found this YouTube video this week detailing in masterful detail how it sucked compared to the masterpiece of the original trilogy.
I highly recommend it. I have watched it or listened to it five times because his commentary on effective story-telling is so compelling. There are seven videos of 10 minutes each, so you don't have to watch the whole thing, certainly, but the final two are fantastic. So at least check those out.