I don't know about anyone else, but it's among my favorite Kurosawa movies. Other favorites, High and Low (based on an Ed McBain novel, interestingly enough) and Seven Samurai. Both films of incredible imagination.
You forgot to include the very next line in that quote!: "But in this case the error was so egregious because of what Lucas set up in the original films." The quote in its entirety undermines your selective argument.
I agree with the many and varied criticisms of the prequels as enunciated by both Red Letter Media and the crew of Jason Snell's The Incomparable (they recently finished their criticism of the prequels in a series of hilarious podcasts).
Their founder/CEO isn't doing anything illegal or immoral by taking a large salary. Frankly, I've always viewed the available window for them to exploit their niche dominance as being very narrow anyway. They'll probably be out of business in five years or so because they add little to no value to this camera tech that is already commoditized.