No Holds Barred
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Hulk Hogan, in an inarguably appropriate casting choice, plays a professional wrestler in this action-packed drama. Rip (Hogan) is a grappling star who is approached by Brell (Kurt Fuller), the new head of the World Television Network. Brell wants Rip to wrestle on his network, but Rip insists on honoring his commitment to another outlet. Brell responds by launching a show called "Battle of the Tough Guys," in which the beefy regulars of a particularly rough drinking establishment fight each other on camera. Zeus (Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr.) soon emerges as the bad guy champion… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie never takes itself seriously and director Tom Wright (TV's "Beauty and the Beast") has fun with the wrestling montages. Hogan himself has an appealing screen presence -- like a gallant teddy bear who goes berserk every 10 minutes or so."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"As cartoonish as its star."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Racist, misogynist, dumb, sadistic, lazy and tiresome, the film is about a big bout between a huge heroic white guy and a huge villainous black guy."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"While wrestling fans surely will queue up to see their boy win the day, No Holds Barred is just a sweaty headlock of a film, with dreary, gory scenes and a bunch of slope-headed hokum to propel it."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"No Brains Involved"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"For months now, Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro have been sitting in their dens and nervously clutching their Oscars. They knew that an unprecedented challenge was looming... the arrival of Hulk Hogan in his first starring role in a movie."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Charmless, stupid and badly made, No Holds Barred makes Rocky look like Citizen Pain."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Maybe we should mention that the gruesome violence in the movie was enough to make this adult wince."
‑ Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
"Some may find the cartoonish violence excessive; the champion Tough Guy can't be anyone but a good guy, but that doesn't stop him from doling out to his enemies a very painful punishment."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Try: No Holds Suck. Tiny Lister is awesome, but -- apart from The Scorpion King, The Princess Bride and The One and Only -- all movies involving 'wrestlers' are stupid."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"The film is utterly lacking in the campy quality of the World Wrestling Federation telecasts."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Hogan as The Ripper is a force of nature here, and he makes "No Holds Barred" in to a fun action cartoon."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The final showdown between Rip and Zeus is overlong and full of uninspired wrestling stunts. The camera crews of the World Wrestling Federation do a much better job."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Barred is tremendously crude, unapologetically manipulative (Zeus finally breaks down Rip's reserve by crippling his kid brother), and aimed directly at easily entertained 13-year-old boys."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Hogan is obviously trying for the Arnold Schwarzenegger musclebound movie crown, but Schwarzenegger need have no fears. In fact, on the acting front, even Chuck Norris needn't feel challenged."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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