What's Love Got To Do With It?


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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What's Love Got to Do With It? is the filmed biography of R&B/pop singer Tina Turner (Angela Bassett), documenting her efforts to break away from her abusive husband Ike (Laurence Fishburne). After a few scenes detailing Tina's life as a young singer in Nutbush, TN, she's discovered by Ike Turner, an already established songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Ike takes Tina under his wing and makes her a star, but her fame makes him jealous and abusive, and she has to struggle to break free of his domination. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi


Angela Bassett
as Tina Turner
Jenifer Lewis
as Zelma Bullock
Virginia Capers
as Choir Mistress
Cora Lee Day
as Grandma Georgiana
Gene "Groove" Allen
as Club Announcer
Jacqueline Woolsey
as Boutique Clerk
Emery Shaw
as Organ Player
Morris O'Connor
as The Kings of Rhythm
Larry Washington
as The Kings of Rhythm
Joe Allen Price
as The Kings of Rhythm
Natalie Wilson
as Choir Member
Michael Sessions
as The Kings of Rhythm
L. Van Taylor
as The Kings of Rhythm
Oren Waters
as Choir Member
Jennifer Leigh Warren
as Woman in Audience
Sonya Hensley
as Woman in Audience
Leslie Thurston
as Woman in Audience
Eartha Robinson
as Woman in Audience
Kate Lanier
as Stripper on Balcony
Mayah McCoy
as Young Hairdresser
Barry Shabaka Henley
as El Paso Doctor
Michael Colyar
as Apollo Announcer
Patricia Sill
as Spector's Assistant
Ronnie Turner
as The Revue
Michael Butler
as The Revue
Rob LaBelle
as Phil Spector
Greg Cook
as The Revue
Michael Smith
as The Revue
Brian Cayle
as The Revue
Darrel Richards
as The Revue
Richard T. Jones
as Ike Turner Jr.
Shavar Ross
as Michael Turner
Walter Davis
as The Revue
Damon Hines
as Ronnie Turner
Suli McCullough
as Craig Turner
Daniel McDonald
as London Announcer
Wynonna Smith
as 4th Ikette
John Fink
as Anna's Lawyer
O'Neal Compton
as Ramada Inn Manager
Michael Monks
as Hotel Porter
James Reyne
as Roger Davies
James Ralston
as Guitarist
Kenny Moore
as Piano Player
Owen Bush
as Old Man
Herb Muller
as Old Man #2
as Old Woman #1
Helen Brown
as Old Woman #2
Page Moseley
as Ritz Announcer
Robert Lesser
as Fairmount MC
Richard Stay
as Party Goer #1
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Critic Reviews for What's Love Got To Do With It?

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (16) | 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.

    Jul 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.

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

    Jul 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.

    Jul 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.

    Jul 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.

    Jul 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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