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

What's Love Got To Do With It?

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

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.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tina Turner, Kurt Loder, Kate Lanier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
Runtime:
Touchstone Pictures

Cast


as Tina Turner

as Zelma Bullock

as Alline Bullock

as Young Anna Mae

as Choir Mistress

as Grandma Georgiana

as Boutique Clerk

as Organ Player

as The Kings of Rhythm

as Club Announcer

as The Kings of Rhythm

as The Kings of Rhythm

as Choir Member

as The Kings of Rhythm

as Choir Member

as The Kings of Rhythm

as Woman in Audience

as Woman in Audience

as Woman in Audience

as Woman in Audience

as Stripper on Balcony

as Audience Female #2

as Young Hairdresser

as Apollo Announcer

as Phil Spector

as Spector's Assistant

as El Paso Doctor

as The Revue

as Phil Spector

as The Revue

as The Revue

as The Revue

as The Revue

as Ike Turner Jr.

as The Revue

as Michael Turner

as The Revue

as Ronnie Turner

as Craig Turner

as London Announcer

as 4th Ikette

as 5th Ikette

as Anna's Lawyer

as Ramada Inn Manager

as Hotel Porter

as Roger Davies

as Guitarist

as Piano Player

as Old Man

as Old Man #2

as Old Woman #1

as Old Woman #2

as Ritz Announcer

as Nurse

as Fairmount MC

as Party Goer #1

as Fross

as Old Man #3

as Bus Driver

as Lorraine
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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.

76Majikat
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

½

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

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Keysha H

Super Reviewer

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