What's Love Got To Do With It?
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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"What`s Love Got to Do With It is sizzling film fare."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Basset genuinely holds your sympathy as the little country girl Anna Mae Bullock, singing and suffering her way to superstardom and personal liberation, [and] Fishburne is sensational."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Fishburne and Bassett are both extraordinary, and though the story is inevitably slanted to Tina's perspective, Fishburne makes Ike a complex and compelling presence."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"[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."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Angela Bassett gives a superbly versatile performance as the heroine, and Laurence Fishburne's portrayal of Ike Turner consolidates his status as one of the most expressive and intelligent actors in movies today."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Powerful bio of Tina Turner with domestic violence, drugs."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Angela Bassett is a wonderfully sympathetic screen presence who may have a big career ahead of her."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Brian Gibson, who directed the script by Kate Lanier, seems to have trouble taking charge of his material as he skips through the years."
‑ Clifford Terry, Chicago Tribune
"Agreeably camped-up biopic, ringing with righteous sentimentality and brassy defiance, with a furiously good central performance from Bassett."
‑ , Film4
"It's an astonishing movie, first because despite the pathology of the relationship, it's not only about victimization; it's a celebration of spirit, both religious and human, about a woman who finally found the guts (and the faith) to say "No more.""
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"As Tina Turner, Angela Bassett gives a powerhouse well-deserved Oscar-nominated performance, but the biopic has more than its fair share of showbiz cliches."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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