Definition of tear-jerker in English:

tear-jerker

noun

informal
  • A sentimental story, film, or song, calculated to evoke sadness or sympathy.

    • ‘It was a tear-jerker all right, but not for the reasons you expect.’
    • ‘When her character (played by Winona Ryder) leaves the psychiatric institution never to return, the film takes a turn toward the tear-jerker.’
    • ‘I say this although I did not especially like the film, which I found a tear-jerker of the old school.’
    • ‘I think I may give the Victorian tear-jerkers a miss from now on, though, and turn to some good, sigh-raising Torch Songs.’
    • ‘The rest of what was put on was mostly farce; light comedies, very often French, sentimental tear-jerkers and vaudeville.’
    • ‘Given the fact that this film is a Hollywood tear-jerker, the combination of this with the extreme violence and the demonisation cannot fail to incite hatred of the Jewish people.’
    • ‘A real tear-jerker is the scene where Madelon, an old woman who has already lost her son and a grandson in the war, offers her last grandson as a soldier.’
    • ‘Part of the JM Barrie biopic was filmed at Richmond Theatre, giving Birrell a special affinity with the tear-jerker.’
    • ‘The one that really got me going, though, and far more suitable for my bass-baritone, was a real tear-jerker of the kind we loved way back when.’
    • ‘With the serial makers trying all the tricks in their hats to impress the audience, already inundated with tear-jerkers, more encounters like this could be in the offing.’
    • ‘At times, the book is reminiscent of a Victorian tear-jerker.’
    • ‘Directed by Aroona Irani who also acts in it, its hour long-episodes have of late been hitting enough of an emotional pitch to delight those who love a well-made tear-jerker.’
    • ‘That's not to say it's devoid of feeling, it's just there are no cloying resolutions or scenes written as tear-jerkers.’
    • ‘It's not that the movie was sappy or even a tear-jerker.’
    • ‘What starts out as a formulaic high school love story of opposites attracting abruptly changes into a maudlin tear-jerker.’
    • ‘In particular, the latter is a blues-rock tear-jerker with a gentle, memorable chorus.’
    • ‘As a tear-jerker, the film could tug at the ducts a little less fervently and still maintain its desired effect.’
    • ‘The production houses that churn out soaps for the mini-screen in quick succession have taken it for granted that tear-jerkers and low comedy are in great demand among family audiences.’
    • ‘It's not as hokey as a lot of films, and it's not a tear-jerker really, but it's good on more levels than just the jokes, that's for sure.’
    • ‘Talk about a tear-jerker, imagine 300 pages on the subject of crying.’
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