I liked TLJ slightly better than TFA, although I didn't care for TLJ all that much either. The more I thought about TFA, the stupider it was, and I didn't think it was smart while watching it. TLJ's big advantage -- and disadvantage -- is that it's so ambiguous that if you don't like a message you can pretty much ignore it because there's usually plenty of evidence for another interpretation that you might have liked better. But it is indeed a plodding adventure. I'm just not convinced that TFA is less plodding.
That being said, TLJ did kill my interest in at least the Disney Star Wars. I generally bought anything Star Wars, but now I'm not sure if I'll ever watch TRoS and have no interest in any of the new EU works in the ST timeline. The only other movie I skipped in Star Wars was Solo.
So I'm not one of the ones who hates TLJ or who hates the people who hate TLJ, but even then it killed my enthusiasm for Star Wars.