What's Love Got To Do With It? 1993

What's Love Got to Do With It

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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.

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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
Tina Turner
Writer (Story)
Kurt Loder
Writer (Story)
Kate Lanier
Writer (Screenplay)
Roger Davies
Executive Producer
Mario Iscovich
Executive Producer
Stanley Clarke
Original Music
Jamie Anderson
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for What's Love Got To Do With It?

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (51) | 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.

    July 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Angela Bassett is a wonderfully sympathetic screen presence who may have a big career ahead of her.

    July 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 29, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 29, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Brian Gibson, who directed the script by Kate Lanier, seems to have trouble taking charge of his material as he skips through the years.

    July 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

  • 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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