What's Love Got to Do With It

1993, Biography, 1h 58m

58 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Based on the life of the legendary soul singer, Tina Turner (Angela Bassett) -- born Anna Mae Bullock -- discovers her love of singing in her Tennessee church choir. She moves to St. Louis to pursue a career, and there she meets the charismatic Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne), who rechristens her Tina and offers to help her succeed. As a musical team, Ike and Tina take the charts by storm. But as his physical abuse worsens, Tina has to make the tough decision to leave Ike and set out on her own.

Cast & Crew

Laurence Fishburne
Ike Turner, Sr.
Jenifer Lewis
Zelma Bullock
RaéVen Larrymore Kelly
Young Anna Mae Bullock
Penny Johnson
Lorraine Taylor
Kate Lanier
Screenwriter
Roger Davies
Executive Producer
Mario Iscovich
Executive Producer
Stanley Clarke
Original Music
Jamie Anderson
Cinematographer
Stephen Altman
Production Design
Rick Simpson
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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (2)

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  • Nov 10, 2018
    Angela Bassett looks nothing like the real Tina Turner physically, but it is really impressive how she embodies her character so perfectly, moving, singing and dancing just like her in this inspiring biography that also benefits from an astounding performance by Laurence Fishburne.
    Carlos M 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..
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2011
    Wonderful true-to-life story of famous singer Tina Turner.
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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