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

What's Love Got To Do With It?1993

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



Critic 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.

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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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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
Oren Waters
as Choir Member
L. Van Taylor
as The Kings of Rhythm
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
Rob LaBelle
as Phil Spector
Michael Butler
as The Revue
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 (58) | Top Critics (23)

What's Love Got To Do With It may not be quite in the class of George Cukor but it's a lot better, for instance, than Mark Rydell's picking of the bones of Janis Joplin in The Rose.

May 11, 2021 | Full Review…

The two leads turn in powerful performances.

April 20, 2021 | Full Review…

As an actor's showcase, the film is a dream.

April 20, 2021 | Full Review…

Complete with the rock star wigs, superhero body and slightly timid but ever so deliberate snarl in her speech, Bassett embodied the icon during her slow and steady rise to fame, and her tumultuous marriage...

September 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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…

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

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A powerful and shocking portrayal of the book "I, Tina", that bring a terrific acting of Bassett and Fishburne. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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 herself and became a star in her own right. Angela Bassett lives and breaths Tina Turner in her interpretation of the well-known singer. Larry Fishburne was so unlikable, he played his part well.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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