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

What's Love Got To Do With It?

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics 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.

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

Critics 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 51,824

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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


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

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.

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

What`s Love Got to Do With It is sizzling film fare.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Philadelphia Daily News

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

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
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."

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Powerful bio of Tina Turner with domestic violence, drugs.

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2008
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Lucas Martins
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.

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

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.

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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

What's Love Got To Do With It? Quotes


Ike Turner:
Eat the Cake Anna-Mae.
– Submitted by Tiffany G (3 years ago)

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