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What's Love Got To Do With It?

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

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96

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 2

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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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

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

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Musical & Performing Arts, Drama

Tina Turner, Kurt Loder, Kate Lanier

Jun 4, 2002

Touchstone Pictures

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (2)

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.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Angela Bassett is a wonderfully sympathetic screen presence who may have a big career ahead of her.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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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.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Brian Gibson, who directed the script by Kate Lanier, seems to have trouble taking charge of his material as he skips through the years.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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What`s Love Got to Do With It is sizzling film fare.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

[Fishburne's] performance is the one X factor in What's Love Got To Do With It, which in most respects is an entertaining if conventional pop star biography.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Agreeably camped-up biopic, ringing with righteous sentimentality and brassy defiance, with a furiously good central performance from Bassett.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Basset genuinely holds your sympathy as the little country girl Anna Mae Bullock, singing and suffering her way to superstardom and personal liberation, [and] Fishburne is sensational.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Angela Bassett gives a superbly versatile performance as the heroine, and Laurence Fishburne's portrayal of Ike Turner consolidates his status as one of the most expressive and intelligent actors in movies today.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

It's an astonishing movie, first because despite the pathology of the relationship, it's not only about victimization; it's a celebration of spirit, both religious and human, about a woman who finally found the guts (and the faith) to say "No more."

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Fishburne and Bassett are both extraordinary, and though the story is inevitably slanted to Tina's perspective, Fishburne makes Ike a complex and compelling presence.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Powerful bio of Tina Turner with domestic violence, drugs.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As Tina Turner, Angela Bassett gives a powerhouse well-deserved Oscar-nominated performance, but the biopic has more than its fair share of showbiz cliches.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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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.
June 12, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I'm always a bit weary of biopics like this as you can never tell what is true and what is favourable fiction. That said, this is certainly not sugar-coated, it's quite brutal and quite brave, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne were both brilliant and deserve more credit for their performances.
June 7, 2010
SirPant

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.
July 30, 2009
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

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