Tiger doesn't reveal much about its subject's life that a casual fan wouldn't already know, because it lacks the access that fuels many of the best sports documentaries. Last year's transcendent The Last Dance, for example, not only had real time coverage of the 1996-98 Bulls, but access to present day Michael Jordan, who was able to entertainingly put it all into context. Woods and his family, on the other hand, are notably absent from Tiger. So what promises to be an insightful look at an enigmatic athlete, along the lines of The Last Dance or OJ: Made in America, ends up as a simple career overview with some gossipy moments sprinkled throughout it.
It does, however, stand as another example in the pantheon of sports stories about athletes with overbearing fathers, from Mutt Mantle to Richard Williams to LaVar Ball. Tiger uses the golfer's relationship with his father, Earl Woods, as a prism through which to look at his career, his public persona, and his relationships with women. However, without Tiger or his father to speak on the record, there's not enough here to create a ton of insight.