La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law) Reviews

Page 1 of 2
October 2, 2003
Herod's Law is beautifully photographed, its imagery glazed with a sepia patina that suggests dust and neglect.
September 18, 2003
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 12, 2003
Alcazar makes a deft transition from idiot to maniac, serving as an anchor for the broad performances around him.
September 12, 2003
Accomplished and delightfully subversive.
September 12, 2003
Funny, evocatively photographed, and vibrantly acted salvo.
July 16, 2003
Comes off as cartoonish drivel, broadly played and poorly written.
May 8, 2004
April 15, 2004
Often heavy-handed and obvious.
February 2, 2004
October 5, 2003
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 4, 2003
October 3, 2003
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.
September 20, 2003
Yeah, OK, we know. Absolutely power corrupts absolutely. What else?
September 16, 2003
Juan arms himself with a rewritten town constitution and a pistol. Kinky sex and ill-gotten dinero shortly follow.
September 10, 2003
A wonderfully cute and biting political satire.
July 25, 2003
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 11, 2003
Luis Estrada, the co-writer and director, uses his characters so clearly as symbols that he neglects to give them the complexity of human beings.
July 10, 2003
As [Estrada's] fast-moving scenes raced toward the big-bang finish, I never wanted the dust to settle.
June 20, 2003
Oddly, but quite effectively, it's a comedy. A dark comedy, but funny nonetheless.
June 13, 2003
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.
Page 1 of 2