No Holds Barred Reviews

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 29, 2013
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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 29, 2013
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 10, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 17, 2005
No Brains Involved
| Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 26, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 25, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
As cartoonish as its star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
May 21, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Charmless, stupid and badly made, No Holds Barred makes Rocky look like Citizen Pain.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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.
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
October 22, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 0/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2013
The film is utterly lacking in the campy quality of the World Wrestling Federation telecasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Liz Braun
Toronto Sun
May 29, 2013
Maybe we should mention that the gruesome violence in the movie was enough to make this adult wince.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 14, 2014
Hogan as The Ripper is a force of nature here, and he makes "No Holds Barred" in to a fun action cartoon.
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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