Cartel Land

Lists: Documentary

Brief Synopsis: "In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," shepherds a citizen uprising against the Knights Templar, the violent drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley—a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley—Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to halt Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border."

Overall Ranking: 730 (Rank from 2015: # 24)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 25%
Regular 75%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Chris Nashawaty of EW92(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
David Baruffi80
Bryan Lienesch72 - Where 'Cartel Land' is at its best is not when it's following a few dead beat Arizonans, but when it's on the frontlines in Mexico as events are playing out.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 5

People Involved

  • Robert Hetrick (Himself)
  • José Manuel Mireles Valverde (Himself)
  • Matthew Heineman (Director)