Tina Turner never has been sexier, but then she deserves it after being such a foxy and cool lady during the '60s and '70's even when going through her marriage problems and domestic abuse. One tend to forget that the film also give Laurence Fishburne some great scenes too as he is utterly scary as Ike Turner. The movie do have a TV-movie of the week feel though and could have need some more cinematic ooomph.
The most important aspect of this music biopic is the central focus it places upon domestic violence. Whereas the film frequently fluffs some of the softer dramatic moments, the violence is genuinely harrowing, aided by strong performances from both Bassett and Fishburne. Perhaps too much time is given to the early years, with the 70s flying by in a storm of cocaine and assaults and her 80s resurgence barely handled.