No Holds Barred


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 on this new show, and Brell uses Rip's friendship with his assistant Samantha (Joan Severance) to arrange a bout between Zeus and Rip. Rip is not at all interested until Zeus injures his brother and makes the fight a matter of personal pride. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for No Holds Barred

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

  • 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.

    May 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Maybe we should mention that the gruesome violence in the movie was enough to make this adult wince.

    May 29, 2013 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    May 29, 2013 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is utterly lacking in the campy quality of the World Wrestling Federation telecasts.

    May 29, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • As cartoonish as its star.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • Charmless, stupid and badly made, No Holds Barred makes Rocky look like Citizen Pain.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for No Holds Barred

  • Nov 11, 2007
    this movie was cool when i was 5. i love how he fought mr. T
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2007
    20 years before Mickey Rourke in the Wrestler, Terry "Hulk" Hogan gave an Oscar worthy performance in a similar role. I'm kidding, it's crap lol.
    Jim W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2007
    It was cool when I was Little
    EightThirty . Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2007
    I liked WWF when I was a teenager since in this Hulk Hogan's debut role of the muscle-bound wrestling film. At the final wrestling battle, Hulk Hogan vs Tiny Lester are cool and really tough.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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