Herod's Law

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Released 2003

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Herod's Law

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Director:
Luis Estrada
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
After the corrupt former Mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new Mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there's nothing to do against corruption... except to become corrupt. Step by step, helped by his pistol, Juan Vargas becomes the law and the worst Major in the town's history.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A bombshell in its home country, Herod's Law is made with the kind of flair that ensures a following everywhere politicians are venal and voters hope against hope for deliverance.

  • 80

    Variety

    Provocative, well-shot and vastly entertaining in its malice.

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The film is bold and passionate, but not subtle, and that is its downfall.

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