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La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law)

La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law) (2000)

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75

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3

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88

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Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 2,181

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Luis Estrada directs this groundbreaking and extremely controversial satire about Mexico's long-ruling political party, the PRI. Set in the late 1940s in the remote, thoroughly backwards village of San Pedro de los Saguaros, the film focuses on Vargas (Damian Alcazar), a petty politician who had the dubious honor of being appointed town mayor after his predecessor was decapitated for corruption by an angry mob. At first, he tries to balance the books and to bring the 20th century to the

Feb 3, 2004

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Herod's Law is beautifully photographed, its imagery glazed with a sepia patina that suggests dust and neglect.

October 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Alczar, who won the Mexican Oscar for his performance, brings a lot of energy to the role, but it's not enough to counterbalance the film's heavy-handed predictability.

September 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Alcazar makes a deft transition from idiot to maniac, serving as an anchor for the broad performances around him.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Accomplished and delightfully subversive.

September 12, 2003
Seattle Times
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Funny, evocatively photographed, and vibrantly acted salvo.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Comes off as cartoonish drivel, broadly played and poorly written.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Often heavy-handed and obvious.

April 15, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Half Preston Sturges and half Sam Peckinpah...though it sometimes takes its swipes with a bludgeon rather than a scalpel, it hits more often than it misses.

October 5, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

To connect with the story, you have to care about the victims or the character who falls from grace and unfortunately, you don't give a hot tamale about either.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Yeah, OK, we know. Absolutely power corrupts absolutely. What else?

September 20, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Juan arms himself with a rewritten town constitution and a pistol. Kinky sex and ill-gotten dinero shortly follow.

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

A wonderfully cute and biting political satire.

September 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

As the story unfolds, Alcazar's slow-burn performance pays off with a venomous brilliance, making the audience choke on the guffaws that came so easily earlier.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Oddly, but quite effectively, it's a comedy. A dark comedy, but funny nonetheless.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

At times it seems like the director became as self-indulgent as Vargas, repeatedly hitting the same notes of petty debauchery and cruelty well after the easy-to-see points have been made.

June 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law)

Starts off with a funny, caustic humour, but the tone changes and wears off, drags, stretches in an unfunny, unsurprising second half. The idea was better than the outcome. Great leading performance.
December 25, 2011
pier007

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The first movie I saw in Mexico, a good representation of the corruption of the PRI, yet again something that should be studied before watching the film. Solid satire throughout of the political atmosphere of Mexico post-WWII. Good acting, funny, and also has its fair share of violence.
August 15, 2008
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Lenny Muggsy

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    1. Rosa: My husband...
    2. Gringo: Is an asshole.
    3. Rosa: Is an asshole.
    – Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)
    1. Juan Vargas: What do I do with the body?
    2. Dona Lupe: Stick it yourself.
    – Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)
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