Originally Posted by Gotham's Knight
Difference is, the prequels are almost universally disliked to meh. Rises, on the other hand, is a lot more well liked. I don't point to ratings usually when it comes to quality (I really only think it's a usually good way of saying good or bad, but not putting them in order) and I do think they are heavily flawed but, looking at rating sites, you can see the difference in people's opinions overall.
Actually the prequels are universally well liked (fans and general audience) outside of the very vocal minority on the internet. That being said, the prequels do not nearly have the same level of acclaim compared to TDKR.