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What's Love Got To Do With It? Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 29, 2013
What`s Love Got to Do With It is sizzling film fare.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 29, 2013
[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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 29, 2013
Angela Bassett is a wonderfully sympathetic screen presence who may have a big career ahead of her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 29, 2013
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5

Film4
July 29, 2013
Agreeably camped-up biopic, ringing with righteous sentimentality and brassy defiance, with a furiously good central performance from Bassett.

Empire Magazine
July 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 29, 2013
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.
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2013
A powerful, joyful, raw, energetically acted bio-pic detailing the joys and pain of the on- and offstage lives of blues rockers Ike and Tina Turner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 29, 2013
As a powerhouse showcase for the acting talents of Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne and as a potent portrayal of wife beating and the emotions that surround it, it's quite a show.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
July 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
A splashy, volatile, crowd- pleasing rock-star melodrama that makes up in sheer emotional wallop what it sometimes lacks in finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
March 1, 2011
Powerful bio of Tina Turner with domestic violence, drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
A passionate personal and professional drama that hits both the high and low notes of an extraordinary career.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: B
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Angela Bassett shakes her tail feather with aplomb and pins down the singer's gestures with amazing precision. Top honours, however, belong to Fishburne's swaggering, savage portrayal of Ike.
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