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

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 20, 2000
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Weitz
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Accomplished and delightfully subversive.

Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Often heavy-handed and obvious.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star 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.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Funny, evocatively photographed, and vibrantly acted salvo.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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.

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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

Alcazar makes a deft transition from idiot to maniac, serving as an anchor for the broad performances around him.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Comes off as cartoonish drivel, broadly played and poorly written.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
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… More
Lenny Muggsy
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… More