What's Love Got to Do with It

1993

Action / Biography / Drama / Music

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97% · 59 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 88% · 50K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.3/10 10 24871 24.9K

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Top cast

Angela Bassett as Tina Turner
Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner
Barry Shabaka Henley as El Paso Doctor
Richard T. Jones as Ike Turner Jr.
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1.06 GB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 57 min
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2.17 GB
1920*1024
English 5.1
R
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23.976 fps
1 hr 57 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by blanche-2 8 / 10

great performances, powerful film

Angela Bassett, as Tina Turner asks the musical question "What's Love Got to Do with It" in this 1993 film also starring Laurence Fishburne, Jenifer Lewis, and Khandi Alexander. The film tells the story of Tina Turner's childhood as Anna Mae Bullock her move to St. Louis after her grandmother's death to live with her mother, her meeting Ike Turner at a nightclub, her subsequent singing with Ike's band, their marriage and divorce.

By necessity, biopics have to leave out people and incidents, often combining several incidents into one or skipping several steps. In no way does a knowledge of Tina Turner''s life detract from the impact of this film. It's a story of a woman's determination, beating the odds, suffering, perseverance and ultimate success.

Ike's and Tina's marriage was pretty much a horror show. Ike was always controlling, to the detriment of his own career, and as he turned to drugs, his abuse of Tina escalated. The most stunning scene in the film (besides the performances, which are fantastic) occurs when the couple fights in a limo en route to a hotel. Ike becomes physical; Tina has discovered Buddhism and finally gets the courage to fight back. A bloody mess, she runs away from him with only 36 cents in her purse.

Angela Bassett gives a searing, electrifying performance as Turner. Her sinewy body is a great match for Turner's, and she uses it to perfection in replicating Turner's performances (Turner's voice is used on the soundtrack). She shows the star's vulnerability, fear, and internal strength throughout.

Bassett is matched by Laurence Fishburne's terrifying performance as Ike. Fishburne seethes with manipulation and anger, even in scenes where he's being "nice." When Ike loses his temper, you can see how he can't stop and the violence just gets worth. A brilliant performance.

A must see. The latter part of Turner's life is not explored, but while she always remained popular in Europe, it was a long time before she could get a recording contract here after some failed recordings. Today she remains one of the greatest singing stars ever. But there were lots of valleys in between.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 8 / 10

A Tina Turner biopic that is carried by the performances

Tina Turner is a great and influential performer, and many of her songs are classics for a reason. When hearing that there was a biographical drama, based on Turner's autobiography 'I, Tina', the first feeling that came into my head was intrigue, but also the worry as to whether it would do her justice.

On the most part, 'What's Love Got To Do With It' does. Sure, 'What's Love Got To Do With It' is a little obvious and over-simplified dramatically and a few of the musical scenes stop the flow at times that slows the film down. With that being said, 'What's Love Got To Do With It' has got a lot to recommend it.

Its biggest asset is the lead performances, two lead performances that one would describe as powerhouse. Angela Bassett gives a beautifully observed and deeply felt performance in the title role, her performance feels incredibly real and does not fall into the trap of being an impersonation. Every bit as good is Laurence Fishburne as Ike, on terrifying form. Both characters are very much convincing and have strong chemistry together.

'What's Love Got To Do With It' is nicely filmed and designed, as well as sympathetically directed. As predicted, the songs are terrific and well staged and performed. The script on the most part is heartfelt and avoids falling into making the characters clichéd caricatures or descending into over-heated melodrama. The story also mostly grips and can be very touching and illuminating.

On the whole, intriguing and very well done with powerhouse lead performances that carry the film faultlessly. 8/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

great leads but expected more

Tina Turner (Angela Bassett) was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee. She was abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandmother. After reuniting with her mother and sister, she meets and eventually marries charismatic band leader Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne). The volatile relationship turns violent with the drug addicted Ike.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the two leads. In fact, they're doing great work. This is based on Tina Turner's book and even features her performing in the closing credits. Obviously, she has final approval. I don't have a problem with that since her abuse by Ike is well documented. It does leave a sense of sanitized history to some extend. It's much better than a TV biopic but it still some of that flavor. While it doesn't back away from the abuse or Ike's drug use, it shows the ugliness but the style of the movie lacks the darkness. I leave that mostly on director Brian Gibson who doesn't have much in the way of style. This is a solid biopic but with the two great leads, I expect more.

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