When the former Anna Mae Bullock—know to the world as Tina Turner—walked away from the music business in 2009, she didn’t just damage F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous aphorism about there being no second acts in American lives, she demolished it. For she was embarking on at least the fourth or fifth act in her amazing time on this planet—and the happiest of the lot, as is revealed in Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Marti’s generous and insightful view of this R&B icon’s life. More a moving swan song to the singer, now 81, than a rehashing of the oft-told troubles she experienced with erstwhile partner Ike, the films is crammed with brilliant archival footage that will have you shimmying in your seat. A delight!
‘Her story has become mythology, and this documentary tells it powerfully… I went into “Tina” feeling like I knew this story in my bones, but the film kept opening my eyes—to new insights, new tremors of empathy, and a new appreciation for what a towering artist Tina Turner is… She blazed trails in such an uncalculated way that you almost need a film like “Tina” to stand back and reveal, with perspective, what a gigantic influence she was… To watch “Tina” is to be struck by two things: that Tina Turner isn’t merely a force but a genius; and that love’s got everything to do with it.’—Owen Gleiberman, Variety