What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)

What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)

What's Love Got To Do With It?



Critic Consensus: With a fascinating real-life story and powerhouse performances from Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, What's Love Got to Do With It? is a can't miss biopic.

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What's Love Got to Do With It? is the filmed biography of R&B/pop singer Tina Turner (Angela Bassett), documenting her efforts to break away from her abusive husband Ike (Laurence Fishburne). After a few scenes detailing Tina's life as a young singer in Nutbush, TN, she's discovered by Ike Turner, an already established songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Ike takes Tina under his wing and makes her a star, but her fame makes him jealous and abusive, and she has to struggle to break free of his domination. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Kate Lanier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
Touchstone Pictures


Angela Bassett
as Tina Turner
Jenifer Lewis
as Zelma Bullock
Virginia Capers
as Choir Mistress
Cora Lee Day
as Grandma Georgiana
Jacqueline Woolsey
as Boutique Clerk
Emery Shaw
as Organ Player
Morris O'Connor
as The Kings of Rhythm
Gene "Groove" Allen
as Club Announcer
Larry Washington
as The Kings of Rhythm
Joe Allen Price
as The Kings of Rhythm
Natalie Wilson
as Choir Member
Michael Sessions
as The Kings of Rhythm
Oren Waters
as Choir Member
L. Van Taylor
as The Kings of Rhythm
Jennifer Leigh Warre...
as Woman in Audience
Sonya Hensley
as Woman in Audience
Leslie Thurston
as Woman in Audience
Eartha Robinson
as Woman in Audience
Sonia Hensley
as Audience Female #2
Mayah McCoy
as Young Hairdresser
Michael Colyar
as Apollo Announcer
Rob LaBelle
as Phil Spector
Patricia Sill
as Spector's Assistant
Barry Shabaka Henley
as El Paso Doctor
Ronnie Turner
as The Revue
Rob La Belle
as Phil Spector
Michael Butler
as The Revue
Greg Cook
as The Revue
Michael Smith
as The Revue
Brian Cayle
as The Revue
Richard T. Jones
as Ike Turner Jr.
Darrel Richards
as The Revue
Shavar Ross
as Michael Turner
Walter Davis
as The Revue
Damon Hines
as Ronnie Turner
Suli McCullough
as Craig Turner
Daniel McDonald
as London Announcer
Wynonna Smith
as 4th Ikette
Rosemary Jackson
as 5th Ikette
John Fink
as Anna's Lawyer
O'Neal Compton
as Ramada Inn Manager
Michael Monks
as Hotel Porter
James Reyne
as Roger Davies
James Ralston
as Guitarist
Kenny Moore
as Piano Player
Owen Bush
as Old Man
Herb Muller
as Old Man #2
as Old Woman #1
Helen Brown
as Old Woman #2
Page Moseley
as Ritz Announcer
Robert Lesser
as Fairmount MC
Richard Stay
as Party Goer #1
as Fross
David Fresco
as Old Man #3
Terrence Evans
as Bus Driver
Penny Johnson
as Lorraine
Kate Lanier
as Stripper on Balcony
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Critic Reviews for What's Love Got To Do With It?

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (16)

A powerful portrait of emotional endurance, propelled by the outstanding performances of Bassett and Fishburne, both of whom lend a crucial dimension to the gradual redundancies of Kate Lanier's otherwise insightful screenplay.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Their nuanced performances give a spectrum of emotional shadings to a black-and-white script that casts Tina as the Beauty to Ike's unreconstructed Beast.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Angela Bassett is a wonderfully sympathetic screen presence who may have a big career ahead of her.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Fishburne's astonishing portrayal of Ike is what holds the movie together. The actor builds, in precise increments, a devastating portrait of a macho control freak; he even finds a kind of ghastly humor in the character's madness.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Though the picture rightfully belongs to Bassett, a final word must be said about Fishburne, who never fails to make Ike seem human if not defensible. Even in defeat, he is remarkably compelling.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Brian Gibson, who directed the script by Kate Lanier, seems to have trouble taking charge of his material as he skips through the years.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for What's Love Got To Do With It?

A powerful and shocking portrayal of the book "I, Tina", that bring a terrific acting of Bassett and Fishburne. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

The life story of Tina Turner, from her rise to fame with Husband Ike Turner, to the domestic abuse she suffered and the courage of the woman who reinvented herself and became a star in her own right.

Angela Bassett lives and breaths Tina Turner in her interpretation of the well-known singer. Larry Fishburne was so unlikable, he played his part well.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


Fantastic film about a triumphing woman! And so quotable.."I don't want the cake Ike!"

Keysha H

Super Reviewer

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