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Powerful bio of Tina Turner with domestic violence, drugs.
| Original Score: 4/5
A passionate personal and professional drama that hits both the high and low notes of an extraordinary career.
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.
| Original Score: B
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.
This biography of rock diva Tina Turner's turbulent life is filled with energetic musical numbers and emotionally charged moments, all anchored by two outstanding lead performances.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
Could have been a made for tv movie but elevated by the work of Bassett and Fishburne.
| Original Score: 4/5
Depressing but also terrific. Bassett stuns.
Angela Bassett, despite bearing little physical resemblance to the singer, is very convincing in her role. Her partner Laurence Fishburne is even more impressive...
| Original Score: 6/10
A revealing musical melodrama that shakes as radically as soulful Tina Turner's sweet hips. Both Bassett and Fishburne deliver energetic, Oscar-worthy performances!
The brilliant, mercurial portrayal of Ike Turner by Laurence Fishburne is what elevates What's Love Got to Do With It beyond the realm of run-of-the-mill biography.
| Original Score: 4/4
Incendiary performances by Fishburne and Bassett.
The perfect combination of stellar turns and sensational music
A celebrity biopic rendered with heartfelt respect; it never shies away from the ugliness in Turner's life, but neither does it exploit it for cheap emotional effect.
It's a story of pain and courage, uncommonly honest and unflinching, and the next time I hear Tina Turner singing I will listen to the song in a whole new way.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A melodrama of starry-eyed love and black-eyed beatings, exhausting road tours and the singer's even harder road to self-realization, the movie contains its emotional highs and lows in the hermetically sealed bio-pic format.
A handsome woman with the lanky appeal of Katharine Hepburn, Bassett brays and bruises with equal effectiveness.
The movie makes us all want to stand up and cheer, "Shine on, Tina. Shine on."
| Original Score: 3/5
What's Love Got to Do With It is a rough-and-tumble show-biz biography that has many of the cliches inherent to this genre. But it also boasts two stunning, Oscar-worthy performances.
Fishburne is excellent in a very unsympathetic role. Ike Turner could so easily have been portrayed as one-dimensional, but the talented Fishburne gives this frightened wife-beater some depth.
| Original Score: 3/4
Angela Bassett does a good acting job as a person in Tina Turner's position, easily winning audience sympathy.
| Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4