What's Love Got To Do With It?
What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

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.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

What`s Love Got to Do With It is sizzling film fare.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

[Fishburne's] performance is the one X factor in What's Love Got To Do With It, which in most respects is an entertaining if conventional pop star biography.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Angela Bassett is a wonderfully sympathetic screen presence who may have a big career ahead of her.

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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune

Brian Gibson, who directed the script by Kate Lanier, seems to have trouble taking charge of his material as he skips through the years.

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Film4

Agreeably camped-up biopic, ringing with righteous sentimentality and brassy defiance, with a furiously good central performance from Bassett.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
A powerful and shocking portrayal of the book "I, Tina", that bring a terrific acting of Bassett and Fishburne. Fresh.
Keysha H
Fantastic film about a triumphing woman! And so quotable.."I don't want the cake Ike!"
Anthony Lawrie
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… More
Candy Rose
Excellent portrayal of Tina's life and career. It's sad that she suffered so much domestic violence.
Lady D'arbanville
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… More
Tim Salmons
One of the hardest movies to watch ever. Physical abuse is a hard subject to flesh out and man, did they flesh it out.