La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law)
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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 backwaters. When he is visited by slick PRI politico Lopez (Pedro Armendariz), however, he learns the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Herod's Law is beautifully photographed, its imagery glazed with a sepia patina that suggests dust and neglect."
‑ Matt Weitz, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Accomplished and delightfully subversive."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Often heavy-handed and obvious."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Yeah, OK, we know. Absolutely power corrupts absolutely. What else?"
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"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."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Funny, evocatively photographed, and vibrantly acted salvo."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Juan arms himself with a rewritten town constitution and a pistol. Kinky sex and ill-gotten dinero shortly follow."
‑ Dan Fazio, Citysearch
"Oddly, but quite effectively, it's a comedy. A dark comedy, but funny nonetheless."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"Alcazar makes a deft transition from idiot to maniac, serving as an anchor for the broad performances around him."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Comes off as cartoonish drivel, broadly played and poorly written."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"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."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"A wonderfully cute and biting political satire."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"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."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
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