Tina Turner. She dumped the abusive Ike Turner to go it alone. She taught Mick Jagger how to dance.

She’s the “Queen of Rock & Roll”.

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  • My Rating: 95/100
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Ratings: 92/100 (Users); 92/100 (Critics)

Review of “Tina”

Is there a sexier female rock star than Tina Turner?


I loved “Tina” (the 2021 HBO documentary).

Directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, this 2-hour doc gives an inside look at music legend Tina Turner.

The doc features exclusive interviews with the “Queen of Rock and Roll”.

She’s 81 at the time of the doc…and still exudes sexiness.

Is that wrong to say?

I don’t give a sh!t.

She reflects on her journey from humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to becoming a global superstar.

The doc’s full of rare footage, photos, and audio tapes.

A dream of Tina’s was to play stadiums.

And there is some epic footage of her electrifying performance at the 1988 Rio de Janeiro concert in front of 180,000 fans.

Tina also delves into her turbulent relationship with ex-husband and musical partner Ike Turner.

This is some serious sh!t.

She candidly discusses the physical and emotional abuse she endured during their 16-year marriage.

Ike would beat Tina with a coat hanger or shoe stretcher — and then he’d have sex with her.

Ike was certainly a control freak.

Did you know that Ike renamed Tina (her original name was Annie Mae Bullock) without asking her. Some think Ike picked “Tina” because he was a big fan of Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.

Tina was so unhappy that she swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills. She ends up in the hospital and gets her stomach pumped.

Ike says she tried to kill herself 3 or 4 times.

What makes Tina amazing is the courage it took to finally escape Ike in 1976.

A mistress of Ike’s teaches Tina about Buddhism. Sisterhood, baby!

Tina breaks up with Ike and gives him everything…all rights to the Ike & Tina music.

But Tina asks for one thing: the name “Tina”. Ike fights it but Tina wins.

But Tina and Ike did have some magic. The doc highlights the impact of hit songs like “Proud Mary” and “River Deep – Mountain High” from their time together.

The best part of the doc is how Tina rebuilds her career in the 1980s, with the help of manager Roger Davies.

Her iconic solo hits like “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “Private Dancer” catapulted her back into the spotlight.

Tina starts anew and has to go to the U.K. to find herself.

They find a writer named Terry who has a song for Tina to try.

Tina hates the song but demos it. The song is “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”.

It sells 20 million copies.

I love the justice, baby!

The film also touches on her later personal struggles. She had a stroke in 2013.

And then in July 2018, Tina Turner’s eldest son, Craig Raymond Turner, died by suicide at the age of 59.

Craig was born in 1958 when Tina was just 18 years old. This was before her marriage to Ike.

His biological father was Raymond Hill, a saxophonist in Ike Turner’s band.

Craig worked in the real estate business in California. He was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Studio City, Los Angeles.

The doc is a testament to the power of perseverance and the enduring legacy of the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The doc shows Tina in her new life. Tina is married to Music exec Erwin Bach and they live in Zurich, Switzerland.

Thanks for reading!

Rob Kelly, Chief Maniac, Daily Doc