What's Love Got To Do With It? Reviews

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Super Reviewer
August 13, 2011
A powerful and shocking portrayal of the book "I, Tina", that bring a terrific acting of Bassett and Fishburne. Fresh.
Super Reviewer
June 7, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
February 21, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
½ September 1, 2007
Fantastic film about a triumphing woman! And so quotable.."I don't want the cake Ike!"
Super Reviewer
July 21, 2007
Excellent portrayal of Tina's life and career. It's sad that she suffered so much domestic violence.
Super Reviewer
April 29, 2007
One of the hardest movies to watch ever. Physical abuse is a hard subject to flesh out and man, did they flesh it out.
Super Reviewer
May 27, 2014
The film is actually ruined by Tina herself at the end of the film. After a fantastic depiction by Angela Bassett, Tina appears and makes the audience forget the last two hours. Perhaps overly critical but..
Super Reviewer
½ November 8, 2011
I'm just glad its essentially a straightforward biopic that doesn't try to create or heighten some type of existential crisis (see "Ray" or "Walk the Line") beyond the realm of probability. The vulnerability in the lead performances of Bassett and Fisburne does allow the film to retain a sense of realism that is helpful in trying to convey how destructive this relationship was.
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Super Reviewer
June 7, 2010
A great film and two great performances from Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne as Ike & Tina Turner. "What's Love Got to Do With It?" is simply flawless.
Super Reviewer
½ May 26, 2009
One of the first music biopics to come along and it started the trend for good actors looking for Oscar glory. This could have been a standard TV movie experience if not for the great performances of Bassett and Fishburne. They and the music make this compelling viewing and it always makes you cheer when Tina fights back in the end. Go girl!
Super Reviewer
½ December 18, 2007
'What's Love Got To Do With It?' is one of the best musical biopics I've seen. No other captures the sheer energy that radiates from performance, or unravels such a hauntingly realistic display of a singer's personal life. Every musical number is directed so we feel we are watching it live, and the personal life of Tina Turner is so harrowing it's almost an invasion of privacy to witness such shocking acts occur behind closed doors.

Anna Mae Bullock was a timid but determined girl from Tennessee, abandoned and cared for in the middle of nowhere. After a reunion with her estranged mother and sister in her late teens she met the cool and charismatic Ike Turner; he recognised her talent and took her under his wing as a tutor, and later a lover. But as her fame grew so did his jealousy, and her rise to stardom is paralleled with a spiralling case of domestic abuse. She watches people stand by as she is beaten, and those she love turn against her.

As Turner, Angela Bassett is phenomenal. She may be lip-synching for the majority of the musical numbers, but it never prevents her from being Tina Turner in every possible way; on stage her movements are loud and flamboyant, and watching her transformation from an awkward and shy girl to a confident and strong-willed woman who overcomes major trauma to end up a success is astonishing. I don't knock Holly Hunter's performance in 'The Piano' at all - she was brilliant - but the Oscar should have gone to Bassett. I've never seen Laurence Fishburne act quite like this either; as Ike he never falls into the cliched trap of an 'evil husband', but is a man torn apart by jealousy, hurts those he loves and ends up on a bitter path of self-destruction.

'Whats Love Got To Do With It?' finds the perfect balance between drama and music. The stage sequences are full of kinetic energy and dazzling spectacle, and never feels over-done. It is then perfectly juxtaposed onto a backdrop of violence and hatred that forms the foundations of Ike and Tina's marriage; like many battered wives she initally makes excuses, blames herself and goes back to Ike time and time again. It lasts longer than it should have. In public he embarrasses her, then makes her seem hysterical.

Only through the discovery of Buddhism does Tina begin to find the strength to stand up to him, and fight back. It is both gut-wrenching and inspiring to see her final escape; the scene lasts less than a minute, but makes for one of the film's most powerful and enduring moments.

In the divorce court, Tina gave up rights to all royalties, publishing rights, investements, all in essence hers anyway. All she wanted was her name. And now, everyone knows the name. This film lets you appreciate the name.

'What's Love Got To Do With It?' is a bold, sensitive and compelling film, never doubting it's leading lady, never manipulating audience response. We watch the drama unfurl, and react accordingly. I have never been a fan of Tina Turner's music, although I suppose I have always sub-consciously admired her work. But now I would gladly listen, because I know the pain it cost, and the undeniable effort that was poured into it. For her music, she gave her soul.
Super Reviewer
½ April 12, 2008
an incredible acting performance from larry fishburne
Super Reviewer
May 6, 2007
Some great performances...
½ October 4, 2007
It really is a tremendous movie with two larger than life performances at the heart of it which carry the movie. Some really outstanding casting to tell what is such a sad, and yet inspirational story.
April 22, 2012
compelling, i thought angela bassett shouldve recieved an academy award. and lawrence fishburne also. they both gave realism to the roles. the movie made you understand what tina turner had to go through
April 12, 2012
Both Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne did a awesome job. some of the scene were almost too real !
May 29, 2011
Poor Tina Turner, a Battered Woman.Laurence Fishburn was so believable, I hated him.Really Good Acting by Angela Basset Too."Big Wheels Keep on Turning"
½ September 4, 2009
Come on now... this movie is funny, i love laughin at it, love watchin it. It makes me cringe when she gets busted up all the time. Go Tina Turner!!
½ June 26, 2009
I always enjoy non ficticious films but his one, for some reason got to me. You see her struggle and then be empowered! Great to see women be so strong after such mysery.
June 5, 2009
Talk about rising like cream to the top after suffering through an abusive marriage and being a success...Tina Turner did it!
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