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10 Movies ONLY MADE In Response To Film Critics

After releasing three blockbuster films between 2008 and 2011 - two Iron Man films and Cowboys and Aliens - director Jon Favreau decided to take a break from big-budget filmmaking to work on a smaller, more personal project.

The result was Chef, an $11 million dramedy in which Favreau plays a chef who, after a public altercation with a food critic, loses his job at a popular restaurant and decides to run his own food truck.

The film's narrative and themes are very clearly inspired by Favreau's own experiences working in Hollywood, particularly during production of 2010's Iron Man 2.

Though the superhero sequel was broadly praised by critics, it was almost universally accepted to be inferior to the 2008 original, with some commentators suggesting that Favreau had basically lost his voice amid the demands of a growing tentpole universe.

This was backed up by post-release reports that the film began shooting with only a rough script in place and Favreau was a constant victim of executive meddling throughout production.

And so, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that Chef is basically film-as-therapy for the director - he gets to cathartically vent about Iron Man 2 in a thinly-veiled allegory set in the restaurant industry.

Fittingly, Chef received rave reviews, and Favreau's career only skyrocketed in the years that followed.